Monday 8 June 2009

Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival 2009 - Lineup

News - 8th June 2009

At last, the festival home page now has a link to download the program, so we now know some of the artists who will be playing. Here's a link to the program - look for Télécharger le Programme 2009 just below the flash panel on the homepage. I've been looking at the festival site for weeks, and the menu options once yo enter the site are still only showing the arttsts and program from 2008 (the 11th festival), so be careful that you don't get confused.

For more details about the festival, as and when they post them, visit the official site. There is also a Facebook group for the event, where you can talk with some of the 187 (last count) people who have confirmed they will be attending.

Here's the list:

Residents groups
- The prestigious orchestra of the WDR (thoough it might actually be the WDR Big Band)& the king of raï, Cheb Khaled and Maâlem Hamid El Kasri, with the participation of festival artistic director, Karim Ziad and the celebrated percussionist, Rhani Krija.
- Maâlem Abdeslam Alikane's group, with the musicians of the group Jouala and the kora player, Albaye Cissoko.
- Maâlem Mohamed Kouyou his musicians, with the celebrated New Orleans group, Donald Harrison & Congo Nation.
- Maâlem Abdenbi El Gadari, Unes & Hak’x.

Fusion concerts
- Maâlem Mahmoud Guinea, Afoxe Loni et Stephane Belmondo
- Maâlem Mustapha Bakbou and Sixun
- Maâlem Abderrahim Benthami, the trio Amrat Hussain and Foulane
- Maâlem Mahmoud Guinea, Martin Vassilev, Stephane Belmondo and the Brazilian group Afoxe Loni
- Maâlem Kbiber, Meddy Gerville, Laatabi Diouani and Rachid El Guerrab

Invited groups
- Babani Kone
- Blue Mogador
- Rais Brahim
- Arrested Development
- Mazagan
- Sewarye & Maâlem Hassan Boussou

Acoustic concerts
- Fusion between Agadir Gnaoua and Congo Nation
- Fusion between Maâlem Omar Hayat, Meddy Gerville, Laatabi Diouani and Lindigo
- Fusion between Maâlem Abdenbi El Gadari, Ablaye Cissoko and Foulane
- Sidi Ali Lasmar Stambali
- Maâlem Abdelkebir Merchane
- Trio Amrat Hussain

Looks like we've got a great festival ahead of us. I hope to meet lots of you there. John