Rabat echoes the “sounds of Africa and the Middle East”

The Visa for Music Festival returns for a ninth edition which promises to be special thanks to the participation of a fine line-up of artists as well as some 1,200 professionals from the culture and music sector, revealed the founding director of the festival, Brahim El Mazned, on the occasion of the launch of this new edition.

El Mazned affirmed that “this edition will be rich, given its diversified programming, centered on more than 35 musical concerts, 8 conferences, several workshops in favor of young people with the aim of strengthening their skills, as well as multiple opportunities for exchange with professionals.

The founding director of Visa for Music also returned to the professional aspect of this event, thus opening the door to talents from Africa and the Middle East in order to gain an audience and advance their careers, thanks in particular to the many networking opportunities offered by the festival.

For his part, the president of the Hiba Foundation, partner of the festival, Younes Boumehdi, welcomed the resumption of this cultural event and promised many surprises to the audience.

The founding director of the festival also stressed that the gender approach was and will always be at the heart of the festival’s concerns, both in terms of programming and in terms of sponsored projects.

The opening night, organized on Wednesday evening at the Mohammed V National Theater in Rabat, began with an opening speech and three concerts, with a remarkable performance by Fanie Fayar, a beautiful voice coming directly from the banks of the Congo River, medalist of or de la chanson at the 8th Games of La Francophonie, Abidjan-2017.

On this occasion, the artist expressed his joy at participating for the first time in this very demanding edition. She declared: “It is a real honor for me to sing, for the first time, in front of this large Moroccan public”.

Then there was Demi Portion, real name Rachid, talented artist, defender of a hip-hop of sharing and transmission, and then the Moroccan artist Farid Ghannam, a confirmed musician who will be accompanied by the group the Cosmic Carnival.

A concert by Rokia Bamba from Belgium was scheduled at 12:30 a.m. at the Coupole Palais Tazi to end the evening in style.

It should be recalled that this major international event dedicated to music from Africa and the Middle East is organized this year from November 16 to 19 as part of the celebration of “Rabat African Capital of Culture”.

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