Gnawa Festival/Essaouira, June

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Gnawa of Morocco

Gnawa of Morocco

This annual festival in Essaouira Morocco is a 4 day celebration of the music of the descendants of African slaves of the country.  The town itself, on the Atlantic Coast, should be visited regardless because of its relaxed atmosphere, wonderful instruments, herb/spice souks, and other local products like the Argan Nut Oil, as well as its ramparts, and lovely beach with countless fresh fish stalls.  The festival itself is quite lively and popular with the youth of the country and the music is very unique.  Chiming cymbals, twangy string instruments complement trancelike vocals.  It's worth the grueling bus ride in the south Moroccan heat.  There are numerous stages throughout the town with different acts.  Check website for specific dates.
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date:Late June - Early July
address:Essaouira Morocco

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