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Anouar Brahem at Jazzablanca Festival 2015

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Anouar Brahem Hippodrome Anfa Jazzablanca Festival Casablanca, MoroccoApril 20, 2015 Tunisian oudist/ composer Anouar Brahem is widely acclaimed as a pioneer of the fusion between Middle Eastern music and jazz, with a career spanning over thirty years. In the beginning of the nineties he contributed to the oud ...

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Marcus Miller and Mustapha Baqbou at Essaouira Festival 2014

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Marcus Miller and Mustapha Baqbou Place Moulay El Hassan Essaouira Festival Essaouira, Morocco June 14, 2014 On Saturday a rebirth was being prepared at Essaouira Festival. The most awaited artist of the festival, bassist/composer Marcus Miller was going to play with accomplished gnaoua vocalist and guembri player, Mustapha Baqbou. At ...

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Hot 8 Brass Band at Mawazine Festival 2014

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Hot 8 Brass Band Rabat Streets Mawazine Festival Rabat, Morocco June 4-7, 2014 From New Orleans, down to Rabat, The Hot 8 Brass Band crossed the Atlantic to revive the tradition of the marching band in an African spot. Part of the street program in Mawazine Festival Rhythms of the ...

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Jazzablanca Festival 2014: Casablanca, Morocco

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Hippodrome Anfa Jazzablanca Festival Casablanca, Morocco March 29-April 3, 2014 Jazz breathes new life through the Jazzablanca Festival. Rethinking Jazz culture is a difficult process, as no findings about jazz audiences in Morocco exist. Jazz is only brought to the fore of discussion at festival time. The media does not publicize ...

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Ibrahim Maalouf at Jazzablanca Festival 2014

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Ibrahim Maalouf Hippodrome Anfa Jazzablanca Festival Casablanca, Morocco March 31, 2014 Before composer and trumpeter Ibrahim Maalouf stepped onto the stage, the audience of Jazzablanca Festival was already cheering wildly. There was a general feeling that his concert would be a memorable one, for fans eager to attend this performance. ...

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Elizabeth Kontomanou at Tanjazz Festival 2013

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Elizabeth Kontomanou Tanjazz Festival Palais des Institutions Italiennes Tangier, Morocco September 21, 2013 Females have always held an important position in the jazz world, especially as singers. Since the demise of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, Dinah Washington, and some unforgettable female voices, other singers have arisen vying for attention, willing ...

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Jazz au Chellah Festival 2013

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Jazz au Chellah Festival Chellah Rabat, Morocco September 11-15,2013 The evening breeze on summer nights caresses the walls of the fortress while seagulls hover all over the towers. The moon is discernible from afar. In the distance, you can spot swarms of people walking down a long alley leading to the ...

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George Benson & L'orchestre Symphonique Royal : Rabat, Morocco, May, 25, 2013

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George Benson & L'orchestre Symphonique RoyalMohammed V TheatreMawazine Festival 2013Rabat, MoroccoMay 25, 2013If ever there was an ambassador of jazz love songs, it would definitely be George Benson. At age 70, the guitarist/vocalist is still driven with heated passion to sing love ballads. For his second visit to Morocco, ...

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Jazzablanca Festival 2013: Casablanca, Morocco, March 30 - April 4, 2013

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Jazzablanca Festival 2013Casablanca, MoroccoMarch 30--April 4,2013A chronological scan through the list of artists who have played in jazzablanca Festival for the last seven years reveals a strong wish to improve and position the event as a leading jazz festival in Morocco, beside Tanjazz in Tangiers and jazz au Chellah in Rabat. Indeed, each ...

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Dhafer Youssef: Casablanca, Morocco, April 1, 2013

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Dhafer YoussefJazzablanca FestivalCasablanca, MoroccoApril 1, 2013On April 1, 2013, the Jazzablanca Festival audience was in for a unique experience. Programmed on the third day of the festival and subsequent to singer Melody Gardot and Belgium's Vaya Con Dios, singer/oudist Dhafer Youssef traced a journey from mysticism to jazz via rock beats. ...


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