The Jazzablanca festival unveiled the lineup for its 16th edition on Tuesday, May 9th. The festival will take place from June 22nd to 24th at Anfa Park and Place des Nations Unies, just like the previous edition.
Featuring jazz, fusions, Mandingue music, blues, pop, and soul, this year's lineup brings together multiple musical universes with 18 Moroccan, African, and international groups and artists.
The audience will have the opportunity to experience performances by Beth Hart, Mika, Nile Rodgers & CHIC, Aloe Blacc, Antibalas & Mehdi Nassouli, Kamaal Williams, La Femme, Sarah McCoy, Sona Jobarteh, and many more.
For the second consecutive year, Jazzablanca will extend its presence to Anfa Park. In addition to the presence of around fifteen restaurants, the "Village," the festival's non-stage area, will feature a gaming space, a relaxation zone, and a Jazzablanca boutique, as well as a market for creators.
During this edition, Jazzablanca will implement and generalize the cashless system.
With four concerts per evening at Anfa Park, the festival artists will perform on two stages:
- Stage 21 (at 6:00 PM and 7:45 PM) will showcase a variety of world sounds while offering different forms of jazz. It will highlight rare talents.
- Casa Anfa stage (at 9:30 PM and 11:30 PM) will bring together the headliners of the 16th edition.
Stage 21 will feature, among others, the British multi-instrumentalist of Gambian origin, Sona Jobarteh, who will kick off the festival, and Kamaal Williams, a Londoner who is making his mark on the global jazz-fusion scene. It will also include Ismail Sentissi, the prodigious pianist of Moroccan jazz.
On the other hand, the Casa Anfa stage will welcome the headliners, including the French group La Femme, Nile Rodgers & Chic for disco-funk, the queen of American blues-rock Beth Hart, the multi-talented Aloe Blacc, a fusion of Gnawa music with Mehdi Nassouli, the New York collective Antibalas, and the singer Mika, who will perform his most famous songs.
Moroccan talents will be in the spotlight on the Place des Nations Unies stage, a free stage accessible to all, which will host six Moroccan groups, including Izouran N-Sahara, a band from the M'hamid Elghizlan oasis, the duo Sound of Mint, a blend of electronic music and African instruments, and Khmissa, who will offer a concert combining rock and Gnawa music.
This stage will also feature Tarwa N-Tiniri, a fusion of blues and traditional chants from the Southeast of Morocco, Badil, a Casablanca-based group that blends Saharan vibes with psychedelic alternative rock, and finally Jubantouja, who was also part of the previous edition's lineup.