Essaouira Gnawa and World Music Festival is a
celebration of the mysterious music of the Gnawas, the product of a
mystic tradition with branches as widespread as Haitian voodoo and
Duration: 10 days
Persons: min (2)
Activities: Camel Riding, Craft Tours,
Cultural Tours, Desert
Tours, Historical Tours.
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Hotels can be changed for lower budgets
Essaouira Gnaoua and
World Music Festival
22 - 25 Jun 2006 - Essaouira
A picturesque port painted in blue and white, Essaouira is the ideal resort that most travelers dream of when they
think of North Africa: laid-back and yet vibrant, atmospheric and
The town's status as an independent travelers'
favorite makes it the perfect venue for a festival devoted to the
feats of the Gnawas, best known for their tasseled hats, which spin
wildly as the musicians rock, entranced by their own music. Artists
appearing include the best musicians of the genre as well as
performers from around the world.
Originating through a cross-pollination of
African magic and Islamic rituals, the Gnawa brotherhoods form a
structured unit around a Master, who leads music and dancing until
the participants are in a state of trance. The mesmerizing rhythms
of the drums, the guenbri (a form of lute) and the hand-held garagab
(metal castanets) lead performers into a trance-like state - during
religious ceremonies, Gnawas have even been known to impale
themselves on swords or beat their heads with iron balls without
sustaining any visible external injuries.
Faint-hearted visitors will be pleased to know
that the Essaouira Festival does not feature such extreme
performances: the program focuses on the purely musical elements of
Gnawa tradition and their influence on African-inspired music.
I T I N E R A R Y -10
We can customize your trip for 10 days
including the number of days that you would like to join the
Festival in addition to exploring the rest of Morocco according to
your interest for USD 2250 per person and minimum 2 people.
If you don't have any specific activities or
areas of interest, and would prefer that we suggest some to you,
please let us know.
"2 people with a private car and English
"3 people or more with a private luxury van and
English speaking guide"
Breakfast and dinner daily
Four-star hotel and riad lodging and all
Transfers to and from airport
Knowledgeable certified guides
Private car, gas & driver for the entire trip
Not included in package
- Private guided tour---Not a group tour.
- If it is over your budget-----Hotels can be changed for lower budgets.
- Upgrade to 5* or 5* deluxe accommodation is available.
- Group Discounts Available.
We can't make the sun shine, or the rain fall, but we can promise to do
everything in our power to ensure an unforgettable and exceptional visit to
Morocco. I hope you'll join us.
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