We publish the recipes for the Moroccan dishes served in our riad in Marrakech. Check out our website for the latest –
Baghrir (or beghrir) Moroccan pancakes
Carrot and coriander soup
Moroccan lamb tagine
Tagin of chicken with preserved lemons and olives
Each June the charming port town of Essaouira comes to life with the rhythmic beats of the Gnaoua World Music Festival This year’s festival took place from May 14 to 17 and the final concert took place Sunday, May 17th. The festival has become so popular that it has been described as the “Woodstock of Morocco”. You can hear some of the music on videos uploaded to their site.
The Gnaoua festival is a veritable melting pot of musical influences and inspiration. Foreign artists mingle and play music with the mystical Gnaoua musicians. The Gnaoua masters invite jazz, blues, reggae, pop, hip-hop and rock musicians to explore new paths through impromptu jam sessions.
Over the years, the festival has become bigger and bigger with up to 500,000 visitors to Essaouira over four days. Unlike other festivals many of the performances are free to attend.
Bob Marley and Jimi Hendrix were both inspired and influenced by this sleepy town of Essaouira on the Atlantic coast of Morocco in the 60’s and 70’s. It has a magical quality that transports you to another time. It’s relaxed and easy to navigate with no feeling of being rushed as in most modern cities.
The Gnaoua are a spiritual brotherhood of mystics… for more on their background as mystics and healers https://www.fest300.com/festivals/gnaoua-world-music-festival
…their hypnotic repetition of a series of chants in Arabic can create a trance-like state. I’m going to have to go there!
Moroccan avant-garde photographer and artist
Hassan Hajjaj may have relocated to London many moons ago, but he remains one of Morocco’s brightest photographers and artists. Born in Larache in 1961, today Hajjaj splits his time between Marrakech and London. Hajjaj is a self-taught artist whose work includes portraiture, installation, performance, fashion, and interior design. We love his colourful work and how he can turn Coca-Cola crates as stools and aluminum cans into lamps.
He remains best known for his studio portraits of friends, musicians, and artists, that are more like fashion photography or pop art, than mere snaps. In 2009, he was shortlisted for Victoria & Albert Museum’s Jameel Prize for Islamic Art and he has exhibited all over the world from Dubai to Berlin, and Los Angeles to Tunisia. Keep an eye out for forthcoming exhibitions, and read more about his work here by Rose Issa, a well-known curator, writer and producer who has championed visual art and film from the Middle East for more than 30 years.
For information on Hassan’s artwork consult this site: http://www.artnet.com/artists/hassan-hajjaj/
On those hot days in Marrakesh cool down in our lovely riad pool, a larger than average riad pool. Relax in any of our two courtyards
or on the roof terrace
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e have written about the work of Hamid Khantour previously. We now have a mini-exhibition of his paintings in the small courtyard of our riad, Riad Sapphire and Spa in Marrakech. They may be purchased by our clients – he will come and roll up the paintings for transport home.