People who enjoy discovering world music can visit Essaouira in Morocco this summer for the Gnaoua and World Music Festival.
Set to take place between June 25th and 28th, the festival has become one of the most significant and popular fixtures in Morocco’s cultural calendar.
It provides a meeting point for representatives of all forms of music, from jazz, pop and rock to contemporary world music.
The festival is named after the gnaoua people, slaves originating from black populations in Africa who formed brotherhoods and played music with spiritual and religious connotations.
Instruments traditionally played by gnaoua musicians include the three-stringed percussive lute, large metal castanets and drums.
As well as attending the Gnaoua and World Music Festival, travellers on Essaouira tours can explore the city and visit its numerous traditional houses or head to the beach to try some windsurfing or kitesurfing.
The Essaouira medina is listed as a Unesco World Heritage site.
Why not book the Essaouira tour before you travel?