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Mawazine 2018, More Popular than Ever with over 2.5 million Spectators

Rabat  -  
Organized from the 22nd to the 30th of June 2018 under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, the 17th edition of the Mawazine Festival Rhythms of the World has once again crossed the threshold of 2.5 million spectators, the event's organizer 'Maroc Cultures Association' announced on Tuesday.
Mawazine 2018, More Popular than Ever with over 2.5 million Spectators
03 July 2018

This 17th edition “ended in style after nine days of unforgettable concerts, highlights and shared emotions,” the source noted, adding that millions of viewers have celebrated this year music from around the world through the screens of national and international television channels as well as through social networks. 

As every year, “festival-goers have vibrated on many occasions with a national fervor and a large number of tributes, rendered by artists, to Morocco and its culture”.

According to the same source, “a record-breaking festival, with an attendance growing year after year, Mawazine has once again confirmed its place as an international musical event.”

Embodying the values of openness and tolerance, the event positioned the cities of Rabat and Salé at the center of the world cultural calendar, offering an unmissable showcase for the region. Mawazine also offers free access to 90% of its festival-goers. All kinds of music and audiences were at the rendez-vous!

“A major player in the democratization of access to culture in the Rabat-Salé region, Mawazine has been contributing its support to the regional tourism economy, helping to boost the hotel, transportation and restaurant industries,” the source said in a press release.

To further reinforce the cultural dimension of the festival, sharing, accessibility, tolerance and openness, Facebook, the first social network in Morocco and in the World has decided to join Mawazine this year. With the common goal of facilitating youth access to entertainment and culture, Facebook and Mawazine have gathered people together around moments of joy and sharing, relaying them live or through the many different features with their communities on Facebook.

Mawazine “has provided infrastructures, welcoming and safety conditions worthy of the best international festivals, playing a leading role in the creation of a professional national entertainment industry, creating added value to tourism and the economic fabric of the country,” it said.

On the OLM Souissi stage, Bruno Mars brought together all generations for a unique performance and exceptional concert especially when he paid tribute to our country Morocco through one of his songs. 

An American rap icon, the Moroccan French Montana also expressed his happiness to be performing his native country, and his pride to be a Moroccan.

In front of festival-goers, Damso, one of the greatest representatives of French hip hop, showcased his incredible talent of showman by delivering compositions with various influences … All under the cheers of the crowd dancing the night away!

As for the Canadian star Abel Tesfaye, aka The Weeknd, he offered an incredible show in front of a huge crowd, in a sound universe that mixes funk, electro, RnB and rap pop.

At the Mohammed V National Theater, the Lebanese soprano Majida El Roumi gave a true tribute to Moroccan music by singing “Ya Bent Bladi” by Chaqqara to a delighted audience.

There were also numerous performances by Douzi, Aminux, Najat Aatabou, H-Kayne, Senhaji and many others who have showcased the great variety of Moroccan music and the immense talent of national artists!

True symbols, Stati and Najat Aâtabou, who are among the undisputed masters of the Moroccan chaâbi, were a sensation on the Salé stage in front of their many fans who came to cheer them.

The most awarded Puerto Rican artist of his generation, Luis Fonsi, has, in turn, marked the spirits of the OLM Souissi and sung, in chorus with the public, his now legendary hit, Despacito, which has exceeded 5 billion views on YouTube.

Another intense moment of this last day, the Emirati diva Ahlam was present on the Nahda stage accompanied by a hundred musicians! An incredible show for a grandiose and unprecedented performance!

At the Bouregreg venue, the French rapper Rilès gave a stunning performance and announced 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 what many artists have already done in the past during Mawazine, just like La Fouine in 2017, who had donated part of his fee to the “Maison des Enfants Lalla Hasnaa”.

Great moments are to be mentioned on the Bouregreg stage with huge artists from Africa, including Seun Kuti, Sidiki Diabate, Ebo Taylor … who have conquered an African audience.

On the historical venue of the Chellah stage, it is the beautiful voices of the world and the lyricism of their performance that have enchanted an audience of faithful connoisseurs.

Fire-eaters, jugglers, acrobats, percussionists, gnawas … have invaded the streets of Rabat allowing residents to celebrate the festival and their city.

“This extraordinary success has been made possible thanks to the loyalty of the public that Mawazine would like to thank warmly, the trust of the artists, the presence and coverage of the national and international press, the support of partners, customers and sponsors, the professionalism of the companies participating in the organization and the commitment, know-how and technical skills of the festival teams,” the source said.

Last modified : 03 July 2018

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