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British jazz artist joins Gnaoua music festival in Morocco.

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British jazz artist joins Gnaoua music festival in Morocco.


There was a British twist to the second day of the annual Gnaoua festival in Essaouira in Morocco.

Each year, different guest artists are invited to collaborate with local musicians, creating a unique musical experience for the audience.

Soul and jazz singer, Eska Mtungwazi, who hails from south-east London, is taking part for the second year running.

She told euronews: “This year was different because I brought my own group, my own music, and collaborated with Maallem Merchane so I feel born again!”

The Zimbabwean-born artist releases her debut album in the UK later this year. Her performance in Essaouira won praise from fellow musicians.

Gnaoua musician, Abdelkebir Merchane said: “I think she is a great artist – there was no problem with her on a singing level or a musical level, everything went very well with her.”

The Gnaoua festival has been running for over 15 years. The sound has its origins in sub-Saharan West-Africa but has fused with the Arab and Islamic songs of the Maghreb.

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