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Recipes from Riad Sapphire and Spa Marrakech

We publish the recipes for the Moroccan dishes served in our riad in Marrakech. Check out our website for the latest –

Moroccan fish tagine with chermoula

fish tajin with chermoula Moroccan recipeAlready featured:

Baghrir (or beghrir) Moroccan pancakes

Carrot and coriander soup

Aubergine salad

Moroccan lamb tagine

Tagin of chicken with preserved lemons and olives

Bon appetit!

Essaouira Gnaoua World Music Festival

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.

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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!

 

Photography Marrakech Morocco

Photo montage – Southern Morocco

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Travel writing and photographic projects both flourish in artistic Morocco but what is really interesting is how new social media forms – combined with cheaper high-quality camera lenses – are helping to facilitate a whole new generation of creative reporters.

This week, we stumbled upon a wonderful photo montage, or presentation, of one man’s car journey through Morocco.

Dave Fields, from Portland, Oregon, starts in Marrakech and while his words are minimal – in classic photo journalism style – his amazingly good photographs speak volumes.

Dave says of his adventure:

“Although our stint in Marrakech was short-lived, it does not take long to be absorbed into the fervid pace of the old Medina. Winding through the intricacies of the frenzied souks, losing all sense of direction seems nearly effortless as you follow the barrage of unfamiliar sights, sounds and smells. Marrakech is a true bombardment of the senses.”

He then travels to the High Atlas and winds westwards, then down to the southern coast and Essaouira.

Take a look at his story here and enjoy the wonderfully evocative photos: https://davefields.exposure.co/southern-morocco