The town of Essaouira, on Morocco’s southern Atlantic Coast, is perhaps not the place one would expect to find a thriving tradition of Judeo-Arabic Andalusian music. Sadly, many people do not expect to find such a pluralistic tradition in Morocco at all. However, the Festival des Andalousies Atlantiques (Atlantic Andalucía Festival) underpins exactly that. Now in its 11th year, the festival held from 30 October – 1 November 2014 demonstrated exactly why this genre of music – associated with Muslims and Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition at the end of the 15th century – is such an integral part of the cultural heritage of this coastal town.
Read my article for Travel Exploration about the festival here. The article was also carried by the following outlets: