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The Essaouira Gnaoua world Music Festival

The Essaouira Gnaoua world Music Festival, commonly known as the Gnaoua World Music Festival, is an annual Gnawa music event held in Essaouira, Morocco. The event offers a stage for musical exchange and conversation between international performers and the mysterious Gnaoua musicians.

The Gnaoua Festival is an eclectic music, arts, and culture event in the Moroccan port city of Essaouira. It combines global music traditions with those of the Gnaouas, a fusion of African tribal music and Islamic ceremonies.


The festival is a colorful and immersive experience that infuses the city’s streets, squares, ports, and performance venues with an incredible spectacle of sound and color. It is deeply based in North African fashions, sounds, and traditions.

In addition to modern African and international funk, blues, jazz, and soul, the roster goes beyond the region’s indigenous rhythms, converting Essaouira over the course of four days into a center for music, art, and culture. Essaouira, a port city on Morocco’s Atlantic coast known for its crowded streets and stunning beaches, is the site of the Gnaoua Festival.

One of the most popular music festivals in Morocco is the Gnaoua World Music Festival, which takes place every year in Essaouira for four days in June.


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Francis Chidera
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Popularly known as Chokolate is a content creator. A lover of simplified words making it easy to get to a wider audience. It pains to see that Africans are forgetting and neglecting who they are, hence, I am passionate about reminding us of our culture. I work with 54history on the African culture category, to achieve this aim.

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