Festiva ganoua
  • Words from the Artists

Maâlem Abdeslam Alikane

PATRICE (Allemagne)

MAALEM MOHAMED KOUYOU

CHEB MAMI (Algérie)

MAALEM ABDELKEBIR MERCHANE

ANDREW WINSON JR (Step Afrika - USA)

MAX REINHARDT (Royaume-Uni)

KHALED (Algérie)

AMAZIGH KATEB (Algérie)

DONALD HARRISON (USA)

« Afro-New Orleans culture and gnaoua culture have similarities. We have similar roots, similar outcomes and the rythms are the same, it’s just different accents. »

LEILA CHAHID (Liban) – Déléguée générale de Palestine auprès de l’Union Européenne

MAALEM HAMID EL KASRI (Rabat)

« The Festival has allowed the Gnawa to better express their music from an artistic, scientific and spiritual standpoint. »

TITI ROBIN (France)

« This festival is the best I have experienced in several years. Today the usual welcome extended to artists has become commercial. In Essaouira it’s just the opposite. Without forgetting its determina- tion to make it a grassroots festival with a wide open and extensive audience, the number of concerts does not constitute a significant element because it is the quality and coherence of the performances that are given precedence. »

JUSTIN ADAMS (Royaume-uni)

« Those Gnawa musicians are like scientific experts... »

JOE ZAWINUL (Allemagne/USA)

« In Essaouira I lived some of the best days in my life » (deceased 11 September 2007)

ERIC LEGNINI (France)

« There were moments when it was a little like research, we listened and at times we entered into trances in communion with the music. »

SALIF KEITA (Mali)

«I feel highly concerned about the history of the Gnawa because this music comes from Mali. For this reason I am proud to be here and I admit that for a long while I have wanted to produce something in collaboration with Gnawa musicians. »

TIGRAN HAMASYAN (Arménie)

« This festival is simply incredible. The atmosphere, the state of mind, music everywhere, and Gnawa music is incredible too. I’m crazy about it! »

MA LEM H’MIDA BOUSSOU (Maroc)

« The Gnawa were isolated and away from the major music trends. The Essaouira Fes- tival revealed them. »

RACHID TAHA (France/Algérie)

« This festival made me want to find out more and get to know better real Gnawa music. »   

MA LEM ABDESLAM ALIKANE (Essaouira)

« The festival has given a dynamic to the Gnawa musicians who are all awaiting the kick-off date. They work on repertory of the stage, look after their garments or have some made just for this event. Today I perform all over the world and am proud to say that I am a Gnaoui. Formerly one only spoke of ritual, a community of the poor, but today this music is considered to be a source of wealth. »

MA LEM MUSTAPHA BAQBOU (Marrakech)

« Thanks to the Gnawa festival, « tagnaouit» has become as international music, a world sta- ture has been given thereto. »

PAT METHENY (USA)

«It was one of the best experiences I ever had as a musician with so many things that will stay within me forever. Those who organize this festival do so with love, in spite of the difficulties, and the outcome is nothing short of incredible. »

BABA SISSOKO (Mali)

« I feel very moved to be here at this Festival on African land, the land of Gnawa. This is a culture for which I have much respect and that I want to know more about. It is a magical city and I never would have imagined a city like that could really exist. »

TRILOK GURTU (Inde)

« It’s fantastic, just like in my country, India. Nothing is close yet nothing is far away, we are all ONE! »

OUMOU SANGARÉ (Mali)

« In 13 years of tours across the whole world I have never seen a festival quite like this. Besides I am extremely touched to witness that the festival team is principally made up of young women struggling for their country. »

 

LOUIS BERTIGNAC (France)

« It’s the top jam session on the planet! My love story with Essaouira began about fifteen years ago with  an unforgettable session lasting several hours in the presence of a certain Abdeslam Alikane. Thanks to  this get-together a new world opened up to me. This is wi- thout doubt the most fascinating festival I ever  performed at. »

 

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