Andalusian Music: A Bridge Between Muslim and Jewish Heritage

Sanaa Maharati and the Tetouan Orchestra at the Essaouira Andalousies Festival

Sanaa Maharati and the Tetouan Orchestra at the Essaouira Andalousies Festival

Every year in autumn, Moroccan Jewish diaspora, music lovers and cultural enthusiasts gather in the southern Moroccan coastal town of Essaouira for the Festival des Andalousies Atlantiques (Atlantic Andalucía Festival). The town is much better known among fans of World Music for its Gnaoua Festival in June. However, ‘Les Andalousies,’ as locals call it, highlights a completely different facet of the multicultural heritage of the town formerly known as Mogador. And from this small port town emanates a message for the world.

Read the full article which I wrote for Morocco World News here.

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