For its 9th edition, scheduled for November 16 to 19 in Rabat, Visa for Music promises a dense and eclectic program that combines concerts by talented artists from all over the world, conferences and exhibitions.
According to the organizers, this international event, placed under the high patronage of King Mohammed VI and dedicated to music from Africa and the Middle East, is being held this year as part of the celebration of “Rabat African Capital of Culture”.
Among the Moroccan artists who will perform during the four days of the festival are Farid Ghannam & the Cosmic Carnival (Morocco & Netherlands), Stranger Souma, Abir El Abed, Marmoucha Orchestra ft. Mehdi Nassouli (Netherlands & Morocco), Anass Oublaid, Daox, and Raste.
Artists from Africa and the Middle East will also be there. They are Fanie Fayar (R. Congo), Tenin Diawara (Guinea), Rasha Nahas (Palestine and Germany), Izaya (Uganda), the Engineers (Saudi Arabia), Saintrick (Congo & Senegal), Mr Leo (Cameroon ), Wood Sound (Benin), Zef (Lebanon), Gultrah Sound System (Tunisia), Ans-T Crazy (Guinea), Bernice the Bell and the Bell Band (Burundi), Beb Diwan (Tunisia & France), Little Kesho ( Rwanda), the Kabiessi Women’s Orchestra (Benin) and Issa Dioubaté (Guinea), it is specified.
Europe and Canada will be represented by the artists Demi Portion (France), Ayrad (Canada), Pamela Badjogo (Gabon & France), Zily (Mayotte), Amara Quartet (Portugal), Ars Nova Napoli (Italy), Rokia Bamba (Belgium), Odreii (Canada & Jamaica), Jocelyn Balu and Borumba (France & DR Congo), Júlia Colom (Spain), Samir Aouad (Morocco & France) and Aziz Konkrite (France).
More than a festival, Visa For Music is an event of professional meetings and a place of cultural and intellectual exchange, notes the press release, mentioning in this sense the organization of conferences and round tables in the presence of hundreds of cultural actors from more than 50 countries.
Among the topics that will be debated: “Exporting music, to which markets?”, “What music for which industry?”, “Triggering investment in CCIs in Africa”, “Rethinking the mobility of artists and professionals in the cultural and creative sectors” and “Culture and disability in Morocco: towards accessibility”.
In addition, and with the aim of strengthening the network of cultural professionals, the Expostand will bring together, from November 17 to 19, exhibitors who will benefit from the visibility offered by the exhibition space of the Palais Tazi.