Mawazine: Music, Culture And World Rhythms


For nine days every May, the Moroccan city of Rabat is transformed into a lively celebration of music from around the world, thanks to the Mawazine Music Festival. Last year’s festivities attracted 2.6 million spectators and more than a thousand artists. This year’s festival, which runs from 12 – 20 May, will see more than 130 shows take place across six outdoor stages, with around 2.5 million revellers expected to attend.

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Rabat’s French-colonial architecture and striking natural beauty make for a spectacular backdrop to this culturally important music festival. Since it first began in 2001, Mawazine has seen its fair share of A-listers, and this year’s line-up is no exception. Here are a few of the performers that we’re particularly excited about!

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Having sold more than 200 million records worldwide, Rod Stewart needs no introduction. He’ll be proudly representing the British contingent in this year’s festival, closing the event with his rock and roll hits and trademark raspy vocals.

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With two Brit Awards and more than 30 million album sales under her belt, British electro-pop songbird Ellie Goulding is certainly going places these days. Having performed at world-famous festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella, she’ll now be adding Mawazine to her list.

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Celebrated for instantly recognisable tracks such as ‘We Are Family’, ‘Le Freak’ and ‘I’m Coming Out’, the multi-Grammy-award-winning artist, songwriter, guitarist and music producer Nile Rodgers will take to the Mawazine stage on May 14. The list of artists Rodgers has collaborated with reads like a who’s who of the music world, and includes everyone from Daft Punk to Diana Ross. Having beaten cancer in recent years, this legendary hit maker shows no signs of slowing down just yet.

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Well-known for his TV and acting work, American heart-throb Nick Jonas has now branched out into music, releasing his first solo album in 2016 entitled ‘Last Year Was Complicated’ to critical acclaim. We’re looking forward to see what this bright young star brings to the mix.

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With five Grammy awards (and a brief prison stint!) to her name, we can’t wait to see Lauryn Hill take to the stage. We hope this former Fugees member will roll out some of her well-known hits, like ‘Killing Me Softly’ and ‘Ready Or Not’.

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In addition to the more famous names, the festival also showcases some of Africa’s most exciting musicians. In fact, there’s an entire stage wholly dedicated to African talent.

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Want to explore more in Morocco? Head over to our CM City blog, Rabat, Morocco to explore a fine selection of boutique hotels, typical cuisine and many more thrilling events and tourist attractions.


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