MOGA, a festival dedicated to electronic music and culture from Africa, is held in Essaouira, Morocco, originally the Mogador. The historic backdrop of Essaouira provides a stark counterpoint to techno and digital experimentation, fusing the modern and the old in a way that Morocco does so masterfully.
MOGA, which made its debut in 2016, plans to expand with a number of locations throughout the city. The local off-season is colored by open-air stages, poolside and beachside events, and throughout the weekend, well-known artists perform alongside up-and-coming artists. Evening events will feature live performances and take place in guest homes while daytime events will take place both inland and on the beach and include “musical brunches, educational workshops, beach parties, and digital video projects.”
While the lineup is under wraps right now, it should prove to be impressive, boasting a commingling between Africa’s electronic music scene and other musicians and artists from around the globe.
MOGA aims to promote the Moroccan, Maghrebian and African national scene. The Sofitel Mogador, the Skala of Essaouira, the French Institute, the Dar Souiri Cultural Center and the Taros Café will host the avant-garde of the international scene for afternoons and concerts outside of the city. A free “Festival Off” will be offered during the day with masterclasses, MAO training, creation of new dances, exhibitions, films and talks, so that locals, tourists and festival-goers will have a unique experience!
International performers including Ron Morelli, DJ Tennis, Terekke, YokoO, Mind Against, Magda, Lee Burridge, SIS, and many others were privileged to start this inaugural conference the previous year. We still recall the djs Amê and dOP who, together with Gnawa musicians, gave us an exceptional performance that gave rise to a unique concert that was both hypnotic and unexpected.