The Chellah Jazz Festival will be back from September 29 to October 2, 2022 inside the ramparts of Chellah in Rabat. For its 25th edition, the Festival Jazz au Chellah continues to create musical bridges between Europe and Morocco. This festival has been organized by the European Union since 1996 under the banner of European Jazz – Moroccan music.
This year, and for four days, the Chellah Jazz Festival will program two meetings-fusion concerts per evening. More than 50 musicians from Europe and Morocco will meet on stage for new concerts where styles and genres mix. “Jazz is music that has enabled us in the European Union to offer a unique musical platform: that of encounters and unprecedented fusions between European jazz and the musical repertoires of all the regions of the Kingdom. said Patricia Llombart Cussac, Ambassador of the European Union to Morocco. “Like the Morocco-European Union partnership, we have based the Jazz au Chellah festival on dialogue, exchange and mutual respect”.
Youth, female talents and firsts
The opening night will take place on September 29 and will be that of the first times: The multinational quartet Arifa presents its latest musical project of East-West sharing and invites on stage the new duo Soukaina Fahsi, singer, composer and true rising star of the young Moroccan scene, and Aziz Ouzous, singer and great specialist in Amazigh Ribab. In the second part, the public will have an appointment with Magic Spirit Quartet, the result of a human encounter between the Swedish trumpeter Goran Kajfes and the “magician of encounters” Majid Bekkas which dates back to the 10th edition of Jazz au Chellah, and whose desire is to build musical bridges between the two continents. Magic Spirit Quartet’s album has been praised by the public and is considered one of the best “World Music” albums of 2020 by BBC Music Magazine. And to celebrate Rabat, African Capital of Culture, the quartet invites Joseph Bessan Kouassi, Beninese artist, specialist in African percussion.
Throughout the other evenings, artists from Europe and Morocco will follow one another on stage, each bringing their unique musical color and proposing musical fusions within the framework of a creation where each is enriched by the other. . On Friday, September 30, the O-Jana/llevage will mix Italian female voices and modern Polish instruments with the more classical ones of the Souissi Brothers. The Moroccan-Belgian-French-Portuguese Quintet Mäak will thrill the public with the oriental percussions of the virtuoso Mustapha Antari. Saturday October 1, Dock In Absolute, one of the best young piano trios in Europe will offer a modern line-up with Axel Camil Hachadi. Ernesto Montenegro Quintet will end the evening in style with the overflowing energy of Hind Ennaira who will dominate the stage with her guembri, her voice and her scenic personality: Gnaoua music will be tuned to the feminine. Sunday, October 2, The festival will close with the flamenco jazz sounds of the Nono Garica trio and those of the Zakaria Dorhmi trio who will take us on a journey with his cello. The evening will end in apotheosis with the pianist Stéphane Tsapis who will take us on his flying Tsapis for a real tour of the Mediterranean with female voices as diverse as they are united, accompanied by Adil Charfi’s ney and violin.
Jazz au Chellah invites itself outside the walls of Chellah
Faithful to its spirit of openness and sharing, the festival leaves the walls of Chellah with a stroll through the streets of Rabat. The Issaoua voices and instruments of Mqadam Sedik Benlaiachi will merge with the magnetic music of Mâäk Spirit. The musicians will criss-cross Mahaj Riad and Bab El Had on September 29. Two European artists on the program also offer master classes on Friday September 30 and Saturday October 1 at the Café la Scène du Cinéma Renaissance.