Visa for Music: The 9th edition with a dense and eclectic programme

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For its 9th edition, scheduled from November 16 to 19 in Rabat, Visa for Music promises a dense and eclectic program that combines concerts of talented artists from all over the world, conferences and exhibitions.

According to the organizers, this international event, under the 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”.

Moroccan artists who will perform during the four days of the festival include Farid Ghannam & the Cosmic Carnival (Morocco & Netherlands), Stranger Souma, Abir El Abed, and Marmoucha Orchestra ft. Mehdi Nassouli (Netherlands & Morocco), Anass Oublaid, Daox, and Raste.

Artists from Africa and the Middle East will also take part. 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 says.

Europe and Canada will be represented by 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 & R. D. du 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, noting in this regard the organisation of conferences and round tables in the presence of hundreds of cultural actors from more than 50 countries.

Among the themes to be discussed are: “Export of music, to which markets?”, “What music for which industry?” , “Triggering Investment in CCI in Africa”, “Rethinking the Mobility of Artists and Professionals in the Cultural and Creative Sectors” and “Culture and Disability in Morocco: Towards Accessibility”.

Furthermore, and with the aim of strengthening the network of professionals of culture, the Expo stand will gather, from 17 to 19 November, exhibitors who will benefit from the visibility offered by the exhibition space of the Palace Tazi.

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