Casablanca Hosts Jazzablanca Festival 2019

Jazzablanca Festival 2019

One of the most popular jazz and world music festival in Morocco is back. Held in the kingdom’s largest city, Casablanca, Jazzablanca, on its 14th edition took place on summer of July 7, 2019, Sunday, drawing the almost week-long event to a close.

First presented in 2006, Jazzablanca was conceptualized to be a celebratory gathering of people from the jazz, and music industry and an event to share insights while advocating the uniqueness of “White City.”

In 2018, 75,000 festival-goers attended the event, while this year, according to organizers, almost 79,000 participated in the most recent festival. For about six days, crowds of thousands immersed in theaters to open streets in Jazzablanca’s fantastic series of concerts, workshops and more. 

The music fest was held in 2 primary venues in Casablanca – the Hippodrome Casa-Anfa and the Place de Nations-Unies. These stages covered almost 60 solo concerts by over thirty artists. Most of the crowd gathered at BMCI Stage in downtown’s United Nations Plaza, which was free for the public to watch while most concerts took place in Casa-Anfa Hippodrome where nearly 14,000 people showed up.

The latest initiative invited upcoming artists, project leaders, cultural performers, and music enthusiasts to a program by simply registering for free. Sharing the beauty of music to the public, this program is celebrating the culture that involves respected foreign and local artists.   

An electronic band coming from the British Aisles, Metronomy performed on the Anfa Stage their electronic anthems on 5th of July, Friday.

A British-Ugandan performer, Michael Kiwanuka, played on July 4, Thursday and serenaded Casablanca through his soulful, politics connected songs such as “Black Man in A White World.”

Calypso Rose from Trinidad and Tobago played calypso ballads taken from her 60-year long in the business, presenting Afro-Caribbean music to the people of Casablanca. In the meantime, Al McKay’s Earth Wind & Fire played funk classics like “Boogie Wonderland” and “Let’s Groove.”

in March 2019, Jazzablanca made official calls for Moroccan performers, a call answered by Mehdi Nassouli, Gnawa musician and Daox, the Moroccan DJ, among others.

Jazzablanca welcomed too Maceo Parker, the senior saxophone virtuoso who impressed Casablanca audience on July 6, Saturday. His brilliance on saxophonist has given him several collabs with legends Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, as well as James Brown.

In spite of the 4,000 boosts of attendees, this year’s Jazzablanca statistics are still small when compared to Mawazine, an international music festival in Rabat, which is presently the world’s biggest festival, with an outstanding 2.7M concert-goers in 2019.

Background

Jazzablanca is the story of a meeting between jazz and Casablanca. A meeting that dated back to 2006 and gave birth to a must-see duo between the festival and the white city. In thirteen editions, Jazzablanca has been able to demonstrate its attractiveness and allow thousands of festival attendees to experience unique moments in emblematic places of the city.

A musical and inclusive event, Jazzablanca mixes well-known faces, musical discoveries, and new talents every year, appealing to music lovers attracted by the arrival of artists and musicians of national and international renown. This success is the result of a unique concept, a mix of covered and open-air scenes, of which the Hippodrome Casa-Anfa embodies the ambition: to create a place of life with concerts, food and exhibition stands, where the public is gathered and where the soul of a city open to the world is expressed.

The dynamics of Jazzablanca is also reflected in a new positioning, in which current music is on the front line alongside jazz, which retains a historic place. The organization of the festival has also been endowed with new know-how with an enlarged team and an executive production which has been entrusted to a new agency: Seven PM.

More than a musical gathering, Jazzablanca becomes a place of discovery and exchange, a center of animation and training that promotes the transmission of knowledge, brings artists closer to their audiences and makes children and adults aware of the beauty of music.

About Casablanca Hosts Jazzablanca Festival 2019

One of the most popular jazz and world music festival in Morocco is back. Held in the kingdom’s largest city, Casablanca, Jazzablanca, on its 14th edition took place on summer of July 7, 2019, Sunday, drawing the almost week-long event to a close.

First presented in 2006, Jazzablanca was conceptualized to be a celebratory gathering of people from the jazz, and music industry and an event to share insights while advocating the uniqueness of “White City.”

In 2018, 75,000 festival-goers attended the event, while this year, according to organizers, almost 79,000 participated in the most recent festival. For about six days, crowds of thousands immersed in theaters to open streets in Jazzablanca’s fantastic series of concerts, workshops and more. 

The music fest was held in 2 primary venues in Casablanca – the Hippodrome Casa-Anfa and the Place de Nations-Unies. These stages covered almost 60 solo concerts by over thirty artists. Most of the crowd gathered at BMCI Stage in downtown’s United Nations Plaza, which was free for the public to watch while most concerts took place in Casa-Anfa Hippodrome where nearly 14,000 people showed up.

The latest initiative invited upcoming artists, project leaders, cultural performers, and music enthusiasts to a program by simply registering for free. Sharing the beauty of music to the public, this program is celebrating the culture that involves respected foreign and local artists.   

An electronic band coming from the British Aisles, Metronomy performed on the Anfa Stage their electronic anthems on 5th of July, Friday.

A British-Ugandan performer, Michael Kiwanuka, played on July 4, Thursday and serenaded Casablanca through his soulful, politics connected songs such as “Black Man in A White World.”

Calypso Rose from Trinidad and Tobago played calypso ballads taken from her 60-year long in the business, presenting Afro-Caribbean music to the people of Casablanca. In the meantime, Al McKay’s Earth Wind & Fire played funk classics like “Boogie Wonderland” and “Let’s Groove.”

in March 2019, Jazzablanca made official calls for Moroccan performers, a call answered by Mehdi Nassouli, Gnawa musician and Daox, the Moroccan DJ, among others.

Jazzablanca welcomed too Maceo Parker, the senior saxophone virtuoso who impressed Casablanca audience on July 6, Saturday. His brilliance on saxophonist has given him several collabs with legends Michael Jackson, Ray Charles, Marvin Gaye, as well as James Brown.

In spite of the 4,000 boosts of attendees, this year’s Jazzablanca statistics are still small when compared to Mawazine, an international music festival in Rabat, which is presently the world’s biggest festival, with an outstanding 2.7M concert-goers in 2019.

Background

Jazzablanca is the story of a meeting between jazz and Casablanca. A meeting that dated back to 2006 and gave birth to a must-see duo between the festival and the white city. In thirteen editions, Jazzablanca has been able to demonstrate its attractiveness and allow thousands of festival attendees to experience unique moments in emblematic places of the city.

A musical and inclusive event, Jazzablanca mixes well-known faces, musical discoveries, and new talents every year, appealing to music lovers attracted by the arrival of artists and musicians of national and international renown. This success is the result of a unique concept, a mix of covered and open-air scenes, of which the Hippodrome Casa-Anfa embodies the ambition: to create a place of life with concerts, food and exhibition stands, where the public is gathered and where the soul of a city open to the world is expressed.

The dynamics of Jazzablanca is also reflected in a new positioning, in which current music is on the front line alongside jazz, which retains a historic place. The organization of the festival has also been endowed with new know-how with an enlarged team and an executive production which has been entrusted to a new agency: Seven PM.

More than a musical gathering, Jazzablanca becomes a place of discovery and exchange, a center of animation and training that promotes the transmission of knowledge, brings artists closer to their audiences and makes children and adults aware of the beauty of music.

About

Launched in 2006, Jazzablanca is an international festival of jazz and contemporary music, organized by the agency Seven PM. It takes place every year in Casablanca (Morocco) and gathers thousands of festival-goers around two locations and five stages, during six days of festivities. At the Hippodrome Casa-Anfa, festival-goers are welcomed for six days in four scenes: Samsung Village Scene, Anfa, and Jazz Club and the new Le Roof electro scene. Further to this edition, the festival will offer either three but six days of free concerts at the BMCI Scene United Nations Square with the support of the BMCI Foundation.