ECHOES OF MAWAZINE (Rabat, Morocco)
This year saw the tenth edition of the Mawazine – Rhythm of the World Festival in Rabat (Morocco).
As usual an ambitious programming mixing big international names (Kanye West, Shakira, Quincy Jones, Earth-Wind & Fire …), African (Femi Kuti, Salif Keita, the Mahotella Queens, Papa Wemba …) and Middle-East big names, and some “classic-rock/has-beens" (Cat Stevens aka Yusuf Islam, Joe Cocker). All that mostly FREE!!
As a jazz fan, I went to see Joachim Kuhn who was playing with Gnaoua Master Majid Bekkas and his band, and Argentinian drummer Minino Garay. Kuhn and Bekkas have already recorded a couple of CD together but I wasn’t convinced, I think the “fusion” did not occur.
|Joachim Kuhn - Majid Bekkas, from : blog Afropop|
Quincy Jones? Too much World Music, too little jazz … sorry Quincy.
I missed the concert of Hindi Zahra, a talented singer but more “jazzy” than Jazz, in the Norah Jones, Madeleine Peyroux vein spiced with Berber / oriental influences.
Read more about Mawazine HERENext month we’ll have Jazz at the Chellah with a.o. Portico Quartet I haven't seen them yet but my artistic daughter was very enthusiastic about this band so I'll give it a try. In the wonderful setting of the Chellah this ethereal music should be quite magic!
|The Chellah in Rabat, wonderful setting for a jazz festival!|