Tangier – The 21st edition of the Tanjazz festival opened on Thursday evening in Tangier, with the participation of a constellation of artists from different backgrounds.
Tangiers and visitors to the city of Detroit, Moroccans and foreigners, will vibrate until Saturday to the rhythm of jazz, and will indulge in horizons imbued with happiness and magic, with breathtaking performances given by artists and musicians from renown from several countries, including Morocco.
The opening ceremony of the Tanjazz festival, organized by the Seven PM Foundation, under the High Patronage of HM King Mohammed VI, was punctuated by a dream show animated by the musicians of the group “The Yellbows”, who offered original compositions in the colors of the South of the United States, at once blues, funk, jazz and New Orleans.
At the Palace of Italian Institutions, these talented artists set the stage on fire with their intense, lurching instrumental songs and telluric rhythms.
In a statement to M24, MAP’s continuous news channel, singer Stephan Notari stressed that the group is delighted to open the Tanjazz Festival ball and perform for the first time in front of the public in Tangier, noting that the group played the best-known songs from their two albums, released five years ago, such as “Early in the morning”, “Never will I forget you” and “stop your cinema”.
The public was also enchanted by a memorable concert given by the group JP Bimeni & The Black Belts and conquered by its refined, rhythmic and harmonic music, with rich and dynamic sounds.
Surrounded by creative artists, in this case Nino (drummer), Pablo (bass), Fernando (guitarist), Rafa (saxophonist) and Richie (trumpeter), Jp Bimeni, Soul singer of Burundian origin with a solar voice, introduced the public to the electronic world, performing the most danceable hits from the group’s two albums, namely “Free me” and “Give me hope”.
“This is our first concert in Africa. We are very happy to perform on the Tanjazz stage”, said Mr. Bimeni, stressing that the pieces chosen for this evening invite the public to a journey into a universe full of magic and thrills.
Music lovers of jazz rhythms were treated to another concert given on the Kasbah stage, located at Place Bab El Marsa, by the musicians of the collective Farafina Yélé, who mix storytelling, dance and music, each bringing their artistic heritage and cultural.
And the group’s best-known hits followed one another to the delight of the public. These are “Wonderful”, “Oyap”, “Elle”, and “Mfougou”.
At the microphone of M24, Serge Mbas, conductor of Farafina Yélé, which is a multicultural group made up of 7 artists (5 musicians and 2 dancers), said he was “happy” and “proud” to participate for the first time. at this historic Jazz festival, noting that the Collective sings of love, tolerance and respect for others.
In a statement to the press, the president of the festival, Moulay Ahmed Alami, underlined that the programming of this edition allows both aficionados of “pure” jazz and lovers of discoveries and world music, to navigate between the different atmospheres, eras and styles that make the richness, color and sustainability of the festival.
This year’s programming will continue to offer a unique, elegant and convivial festival experience, with the ability to bring together audiences of different generations, from Tangier and its region, as well as various Moroccan cities, while attracting many foreign participants.
Tanjazz will thrill the city of Detroit for three days with an explosive musical cocktail that will bring together nearly 30 bands of 17 nationalities and four different continents.
With jazz as the common thread, the program will offer a rich palette of musical styles: world music, swing, blues, soul, but also Latin, Gnaoua, gypsy, folk and electro music.
In order to animate the emblematic places of Tangier, to spread the magic of the festival and the Jazz spirit for a wider audience, Tanjazz will offer free entertainment this year.
Every day, the Zygos Brass Band will animate the streets of Tangier, starting from Bab El Kasbah and passing through the Petit and Grand Socco.
With a festive jazz spirit from Mardi Gras in New Orleans, these musicians are ready to pour the spirit and atmosphere of Louisiana into Tangier, music made for fun, dancing and swinging.
The program for this edition also includes dance classes, offered by the French collective Shake That Swing, aimed at transmitting the values of swing and teaching beneficiaries the different techniques of Lindy Hop, Charleston and Swing, as well as concerts with a program 100% Moroccan.
In addition, there will be concerts which will be hosted by the trio formed by Les Frères Souissi, the American singer Ali Affleck, the Moroccan singer Meryem Aassid, who will offer a concert in the colors of Amazigh Jazz, the Gnawa Express formation, led by the Maâlem from Tangier Abdelmajid Domnati, and the group The Rabid Roosters, made up of 8 musicians of different nationalities.
The public will also have an appointment with the living legend of the Angolan semba Bonga, known for his rocky and sensual voice, as well as the gifted musician Mehdi Nassouli, who is the pride of his country on the international scene.
The festival stage will feature big names in contemporary jazz: Israeli double bassist Avishai Cohen, who will perform in a trio to share his deep and elegant music, the soprano voice of South Korean singer Youn Sun Nah, and the native trumpeter Bahraini-British Yazz Ahmed and his psychedelic Arabic jazz style.
This edition will also see the participation of the self-taught British pianist Alfa Mist, with his creative style combining melancholic jazz improvisations, soul and the most refined alternative hip-hop.