Morocco, Land of Football

19th edition of the Tanjazz festival: seductive atmospheres

01 October 2018

Tanger hosted the Tangazz festival from September 20th to 23rd as a tribute to jazz legends (Coltrane, Nate Cole...), rendered by contemporary formations such as New York band Circular Time, Swing Ambassadors, bluesman Cisco and Canadian songwriter Ori Dagan and many others...

The 19th edition of the TANJAzz festival was under the theme: "Jazz in all its states" with a presentation of 22 formations, for about 45 concerts, sets and other performances.

This attachment to the classics resulted in daring interpretations of the New Orleans repertoire thanks to the talented Matthieu Boré through "Mardi Gras songs".

Percussions gave an outstanding atmosphere during this event thanks to the overflowing energy of Slatucada drummers from Salé.

Transgressive jazz by nature was unveiled under the eternally innovative finery of Cisco Herzaft & Micflow, making the stage vibrate to the rhythm of electro blues.

Without forgetting the trio of Majid Bekkas, creator of the "African Gnaoua Blues" with his Oud, Guembri and Kalimb was able to create a very festive atmosphere in the Auditorium of the Italian Palace of Institutions, mixing jazz with oriental and African sounds. In trio with Simo El Babarti, on tenor and soprano sax, and Amine Bliha on percussion, he seduced the audience of the 19th edition of Tanjazz.

He was accompanied by Simo El Babarti and Amine Bliha, the trio was complete and set fire to the Palace of Italian Institutions.

Also on the program was the group NoJazz, which gave the audience the pleasure of melting the Soul & Funky sound into an unbridled electro jazz hip hop register, while The Flying Rabbi came down from his flying carpet to rediscover the art of Balkan trance, better known as the Klezmer style.

Finally, the city of the Strait, thanks to its festival, highlighted original compositions by several international artists practicing their jazz(s) in complete freedom, such as the beautiful Austrian Kitsch & Glory, the luminous French duo Airelle Besson & Vincent Segal, the sublime Spanish Mariola Membrives and her trio and the indispensable beautiful Italian Stefano Bollani, to the delight of jazz lovers.