Kanye West headlines Mawazine Festival in Morocco
May 22, 2011
Kanye West headlined the Mawazine festival in Morocco last Saturday. Above are two songs from the set, and here is our man D. Prosper’s (@dpros on Twitter) account of the show, who was there live at the festival:
The night was amazing at OLM Souissi on May 21st. Well over 100,000 people gathered in the city of Rabat for the 10th annual Mawazine Rhythms of the World Festival presented by Morocco’s king, Sa Majeste Le Roi Mohammed VI, and Maroc Cultures. Dressed all in white, Kanye West took the stage late but still raised the intensity of the evening. You can tell by the young Moroccan crowd that his performance was right on time by the high energy and cheering of the diverse crowd. Kanye West’s 2 hour set was sheer genius, from new songs like “Power” to old favorites like “Through the Wire.” Surprisingly, the crowd knew all the words, and despite peoples differences of religion or politics of the world, hip-hop unites us all and remains a global phenom. Kanye West continues to push the envelope and live music experience with his illustrious stage effects, set design and beautiful ballerinas that grace the stage throughout his set—hip-hop artists should take notes. The Mawazine festival was a great moment of history for Morocco, hip-hop, and world music in general. We are all one through the love of Good Music.