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Music and Exile: Ramadan Nights to Kick Off on June 2

Rabat - Initiated by the Moroccan French Institute, the 11th Annual Ramadan Nights will be held June 2 to 6 in 11 Moroccan cities to narrate, through different tongues and one language, stories of exile, migration and cultural mixing.

Vibrant shows during Ramadan summer nights are one of the perks of the event, while striking and evocative musicians will be belting out not-to-be-missed tunes for free are another.

Five bands from the Middle East and Africa are set to weave songs to spread universal values of dialogue, tolerance and respect.

47Soul

For its 11th edition, Ramadan Nights is welcoming the Middle Eastern electro-mijwez band 47 Soul. Innovative and unconventional, 47Soul quickly conquered audiences in the Middle East and Europe, taking its unique Arabic electronic music to underground musical scenes often dominated by Western artists.

The electronic and urban influences resonating in their songs have placed the band among a new generation of artists sure to conquer the hip-hop and electronic music scenes.

As part of the event, 47Soul will offer three performances. The first is scheduled for June 3 at Park Mohamaed V in El Jadida, the second for June 4 at Place Municipale in Kenitra, and the third for June 6 at Theatre de verdue de la Municipalité in Agadir.

Labess

If you haven’t yet listened to the music of Labess, now is the time. The event offers performances by the band to highlight the beauty and the richness of its music, as it fuses gypsy rumba, flamenco and traditional Maghrebian music of gnawa, chaabi and Rai.

Whether he sings in Arabicin French or Spanish, lead singer, Nedjim Bouizzoul recounts in his expressive voice stories full of authenticity that leave listeners lost between the bitterness of reality and the sweetness of hope, anger and serenity . Through his poetry and soothing voice, he proposes a reflection on cultural diversity and the need to live united despite differences.

Labess will offer a performance on June 2 at Park Mohamed V in El Jadida, another on June 3 at Tetouan’s Cultural Center in Tetouan and a last performance on June 4 at Site de L’association de Fes-Saiss in Fes.

NURU KANE & BAYEFALL GNAWA

Guitarist and  guimbri player Nuru Kane is the first and only Senegalese musician to fuse the rhythms of his country with Gnawa music. His album "Exile" is audacious and bewitching. It evokes his experiences in exile throughout Europe and North Africa.

“Exile” invites its listeners to take a journey from Mandingo blues to flamenco, passing  through traditional Senegalese music, funk and tagnawit on the way.

Performances by the artist are set for June 2 at Site de L’association de Fes-Saiss in Fes, June 3 at Place Lahdim in Meknes, June 4 at Theatre 121 in Casablanca and June 6 at Villa des Arts at Rabat.

JadaL

Among the Arab bands who have caught the attention of music enthusiasts searching for alternative music venues is the Jordanian band Jadal.

Sincere and genuine, Jadal has given a new breath to Arabic rock. Often critical of social issues in the Arabic world, they offer a repertoire of catchy songs, claiming an identity of Arabic rock that both amuses the public and raises awareness on contemporary issues.

Jadal will be on stage on June 4 at the French Institute in Tangier, on June 5 at Park Mohamed V in El Jadida and on June 6 at Theatre de verdue de la Municipalité in Agadir.

Gabacho Maroc

Based in France, Gabacho Maroc makes use of traditional Moroccan instruments and African percussions to create the rhythms that have won the band fame and popularity.

Composed of eight French, Moroccan and Algerian musicians, led by Hamid Moumen's voice and guembri, the multi-disciplinary band fuses compositions inspired by Tagnawit, Afro, and Berber traditions as well as jazz.

Having existed for only four years, the band has already performed in over one hundred concerts, including 70 festivals in Europe, Africa, South America and Asia.

Ramadan Nights has scheduled performances for the band on June 2 at Place Lahdim in Meknes, June 3 at Place Municipale in Kenitra, June 5 at Marrakech French Institute at Marrakech.

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