Jazzablanca returned in spectacular fashion to Anfa Park on Thursday for its 17th edition, completely selling out. Consistently elevating the festival experience, the organizers proudly highlighted how this year’s event has become even more enchanting and captivating for attendees, according to a statement released by the festival team.

This edition opened with the smooth jazz and afrobeat rhythms of the London-based collective Kokoroko on the Scène 21, showcasing avant-garde talents in contemporary jazz, according to the same source.

The Casa Anfa stage witnessed mesmerizing performances from the British band UB40 and Scottish pop sensation Paolo Nutini. Celebrating their 45th anniversary, UB40 delighted the audience with a spirited rendition of “I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You,” sung in unison by the crowd. Paolo Nutini, making his debut performance in Morocco, captivated the festival-goers with a memorable pop-rock performance.

At the Place des Nations Unies, the Nouveau Souffle by Société Générale stage featured Anass Oublaid ft. Raw Rhythm and The Leïla, two acts celebrating the richness of Moroccan musical heritage. The unique collaboration between Anass Oublaid and Raw Rhythm resulted in a surprising concert blending rock and Amazigh sounds. The enchanting voice of The Leïla transported the audience into the intimate world of the singer.

Thus, the 17th edition of Jazzablanca began with a bang, achieving a “full house” even before the festival started. The much-anticipated return of Jazzablanca to Anfa Park drew thousands of festival-goers eager to experience a renewed musical and human adventure, enhanced installations, and a lineup that continues to fully embrace the festival’s artistic identity, emphasized the statement.

The idyllic setting of the Village, with its numerous Chill Zones, offered precious moments of conviviality and sharing, contributing to making Jazzablanca an exceptional festival experience—an escape from time, blending music, laughter, and flavors from around the world.

The 17th edition of Jazzablanca and its array of emotions continue on June 7 and 8 at Anfa Park and Place des Nations Unies, featuring talented artists and a loyal, delighted audience.