A new generation of maâlems will be at the heart of the 21st edition of the Gnaoua Festival and Essaouira World Music. The announcement was made by the initiators of this event which will be held from June 21st to 23rd
Coming from Essaouira, Marrakech and Casablanca, a "succession" of maalem will perform at the Place Moulay Hassan in order to perpetuate the tradition with a new vision and plans for the future.
The maâlem Abdeslam Alikkane, artistic director and coach of the new generation, will present concerts every day around a new generation of maâlems from three cities. On June 21, Casablanca will be on the Place Moulay Hassan stage, represented by the Maalem Khalid Sansi, Ismael Rahil and Brahim Hamam.
The next generation from Marrakech, includes the Moulay El Taieb Adhbi maalemas, Tarik Ait Hmtti and Hicham Merchane who will perform on June 22 on the same stage that will also house on June 23, the Essaouira contingent, composed of Maalems Said Boulhimas, Abdelmalek El Kadiri and Mohamed Boumazough.
The same day, the succession will be in artistic fusion with maâlem Hossam Gania with Shabaka Hutchings, Nguyê Lê, David Aubaile and Omar Barkaoui. Son of the indestructible Ma'lem Mahmoud Gania, maâlem Hossam Gania, will play alongside English jazz saxophonist Shabaka Hutchings, the French guitarist and bassist of Vietnamese origin, Nguyên Lê, in a Moroccan, French and English creation conceived by the Gnaoua Festival. The festival will also produce an album composed of pieces of the Gnawa repertoire of Essaouira, directed by the artistic director of the festival, the drummer Karim Ziad.
The Gnaoua Festival and world music Essaouira offers these ten maâlems, representatives of the new generation Gnaouie, the opportunity to perform on the stage Place Moulay Hassan.