People, Culture

Mawazine 2013!

Per: Julien ANTINOFF  

NEWS Established in 2001, the Festival Mawazine World Rhythms invites prestigious musical talent each year to perform live. For the eleventh edition which runs from 24th May to 1st June, 2013, the association managed to confirm singers Rihanna, Jessie J, Mika, Deep Purple, David Guetta, Tamer Hosny and others.

The gorgeous Rihanna will be the first artist to take the stage of the OLM souissi on Friday 24th May. The concert will mark the opening of the 12th edition of the Mawzine and is part of her world tour, Diamonds. The first evening at the sports complex will be dedicated to Moulay Abdellah, who was dedicated to Ghiwani rythms with three bands; Siham Group, Jil Ghiwane  Jalal and slaouie Ghiwane Salwan. 

The Chellah stage will be linked to the Silk Road (which is in memory of all the trade routes that were linked for centiries to Asia and Europe). The audience will travel through eight countries represented by artists and various world cultures. The opening of this program on Saturday 25th May will be opened by one of the most beautiful voices in Italy, Sicilian singer Patrizia Laquidara. 

Mawazine 2012

On 26th May 2012, the American singer Mariah Carey was present at the festival where great artists from all four corners of the world also attended. Mawazine rised to the occassion of combining music, culture and artists. Last year the public watched American band, Evanescence, LMFAO, Pitbull and Lenny kravitz, as well as Jamaican Jimmy Cliff and French DJ Abdel. 

To ensure its place among the major festivals in the world, the lineup this year is likely to delight even the Moroccan public. The first to have confirmed their presence was British singer, Jesse J, of the famed 2012 hit song, Price Tag, the concert is within her tour where she will perform all the hits of her debut album Who you are. Mika, who was alos present in 2010, will return this year and one of the biggest rock bands, Deep Purple, will also be present. While they are on tour to promote their 19th album, they will stop in Rabat to sing their old and new songs, a first in an Arab country for the group. Rising Moroccan singer Hoda Saad will also be present and the prince of Arab music, Tamer Hosny. 


Friday 24th May

Rihanna (OLM Souissi)
Siham, Jil Ghiwan Jalal, Ghiwane Salwan (Compexe Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah) 
Les Tambours de Brazza (en ville) 

Saturday 25th May

Jessie J (OLM Souissi)
George Benson, Theatre National Mohammed V)
Jbara and Majid Bekkas (Compexe Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah)
Tinariwen (scene Bouregreg) 

Sunday 26th May

Mika (OLM Souissi)
Mohamed Mounir ( Nahda) 
Seun Kuti (scène Bouregreg)

Monday 27th May

Sexion d’Assaut (OLM Souissi)
Izenzaren (Compexe Sportif Prince Moulay Abdellah)
Ondatropica (Bouregreg)  
Cheb Mami (Nahda)

Tuesday 28th May

The Jacksons (OLM Souissi)
Najwa Karam (Nahda)
Maalem Hamid El Hasri (Sport Complex Prince Moulay Abdellah)
Barry et Mboys (sport Complex Moulay Abdellah)
Jupiter & Okwes (Bouregreg) 

Wednesday 29th May

David Guetta (OLM Souissi)
Don Bigg (sport Complex Prince Moulay Abdellah)
H Kayne & Chaht-Man (sport Complex Prince Moulay Abdellah)
Haj Youness, Amir Ali and Rachid Zeroual (in city)
Hugh Masekela (Bouregreg) 

Thursday 30th May

Deep Purple (OLM Souissi)
Assi El Hellani, accompanied by Mourad Bouriki ( Nahda)
Hajib, Rachid Lamrini, avec l’Orchestre Benmoussa (sport Complex Prince Moulay Abdellah)
Africa United and Gnawa Diffusion (Bouregreg) 

Friday 31st May

Hoda Saad (Nahda)
Najat Aatabou (sport Complex Prince Moulay Abdellah)
Amadou & Mariam (Bouregreg) 

Saturday 1st June

Tamer Hosny (Nahda)
Said Mouskir (sport Complex Prince Moulay Abdellah)
Tarik Laamirat at Hamid Hadri ( sport complex Prince Moulay Abdellah)
Blitz the Ambassador (Bouregreg) 

Text Julien Antinoff

Translation Karen Athwal

Photo DR