Rabat, June 26th 2018: For its fifth day, Mawazine has once again done it in terms of affluence and artistic quality. Regarded as the most promising DJ duo of the moment, The Chainsmokers has shone on the OLM Souissi stage by delivering their unique pop sound that has made them famous around the world. The multi-award winning duo, including four Billboard Music Awards, recently reached the record level of more than 5 billion cumulative views on YouTube. An impressive result that was confirmed during a concert that brought together a very large audience!
From a great duo to one of the most beautiful voices in the Arab world … Thanks to a program that only Mawazine has the secret, the festival-goers were also able to discover on the Nahda stage the texts of the great Wael Jassar from Lebanon. Coming from a family of Palestinian artists, Ameer Dandan also delighted the audience, as he had done so remarkably well during his performances on Arab Idol!
Moroccan music was in the limelight on the Moroccan stage of Salé with the presence of Khadija Atlas, a true incarnation of Amazigh music, and Mehdi Weld Hajib and Hajib, two symbols of the art of Aïta within the new generation.
At the Bouregreg, Rilès, a 21-year-old French rapper, discovered thanks to the Internet, enchanted the crowd, and was a sensation. I a strong and moving speech, the performer expressed his solidarity and altruistic commitment by announcing to the public that he was donating the fee of his performance to a Moroccan association. A surge of generosity that has been widely applauded and reminiscent of past donation by other artists performing during Mawazine: In 2017, La Fouine had donated part of his fee to Lalla Hasna’s children’s home.
At the same time, the Mohammed V National Theater echoed the sounds of the London Community Gospel Choir, a group known for its up-tempo gospel style, swing-beat and traditional R’n’B, which delivering a show full of emotions!
From strings and vibrations, on the Chellah stage, Sahana Banerjee, a sitar prodigy, and Prabhu Edouard, an international tabla specialist, accompanied the voice of Chiranjib Chakraborty, a great master of Indian classical chants.
For this fifth day, the streets of Rabat were in celebration with Moroccan troops: Timing Boys, bringing together a dozen percussionists on unrestrained rhythms of samba, hip hop, salsa, house and chaabi, as well as Groupe Soleil, made up of acrobats and stilt walkers trained at the Shems’y National Circus School!
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