Mawazine is a hugely successful music festival in Rabat, Morocco. Mawazine is one of the things you have to do whilst backpacking morocco. That is why we call it Mawazine Backpacking Morocco.
The past couple years, Mawazine backpacking Morocco have seen attendance at over 2 million people! It’s no wonder why though when big-name artists like Stevie Wonder, Kylie Minogue, Elton John, and Whitney Houston have performed. This year Christina Aguilera is even performing.
But Mawazine is so much more than global hits. It’s a collection of artists from around the world including many local Moroccans.
One of the features that really sets it apart from other festivals is its celebration of traditional and contemporary Arab music. Hip-hop is still not generally accepted in Islamic mainstream, but for these musicians, Mawazine is their greatest opportunity to be seen and accepted by an international audience.
The festival which is celebrating its 15th year is a cultural initiative to promote a more liberal and tolerant image of Morocco than other Middle Eastern countries.
It’s not only worth a visit if you’re in Morocco, but worth a plane ticket to the country solely for the purposes of attending and sharing in this musical cultural phenomenon.