By Safaa KasraouiRabat – Each year, the beautiful city of Essaouira devotes its maze of streets, lovely beaches, and vibrant public squares to music for the annual Gnaoua and World Music Festival. This summer, from June 29 to July 1, the beach town will host the festival’s 20th anniversary. This year’s edition will bring together a mixture of Moroccan, African, and international artists to celebrate the music of the Gnaoua brotherhood on Morocco’s Atlantic coast.Neila Tazi producer of the festival has expressed her satisfaction at the introduction of the event’s program in a press conference, held on May 2 in Casablanca.Tazi told the press that the 20th edition will provide festival goers with the opportunity to enjoy luxurious concerts offered by some of the renowned Moroccan Gnaoua artists, including Mohammed and Said Kouyou, Hassan Boussou Mustapha Bakbou and Hamid El Kasri and Houssam Guinea.The press conference of the event has been also marked by the presence of Driss El Yazami, President of the National council for Human Rights (CNDH), Abdeslam Alikkane, Artistic Director and President Yerma Gnaoua Association. Karim Ziad, Artistic Director.Several other international and local Gnawa bands will also take part in the festival, namely Gnawa Diffusion, Gnaoua D’Agadir and Band of Gnawa and Marsa Band and Ribab Fusion. In addition to Gnaoua masters from around Morocco, Essaouira stages will also host international stars of jazz, blues, and rock music, including Bill Laurance, Speed Caravan, Carlinhos Brown and Lucky Peterson.The festival will also include musical concerts performed by Congolese pianist and composer Ray Lema, French multi-instrumentalist Titi Robin, and Moroccan superstars Hindi Zahra and Mehdi Nassouli.The three-day event will also feature collaborative performances joining Gnaoua withinternational jazz and blues bands. Apart from Gnaoua music, Essaouira’s Aissawa and Hmadchas brotherhoods will also participate in this annual event.
As recipient of the 2011 Newmont Africa Regional Supplier of the Year, Africa Underground Mining Services (AUMS) has been recognised for their commitment to excellence in service and project delivery. A supplier to the Newmont run Ahafo gold mine in Ghana, West Africa, AUMS has held the contract for delivery of underground mining services at the site since January 2010. The initial scope of works for an exploration decline and level development, trial stoping, raiseboring and 28,000 m of diamond drilling was brought in two months ahead of schedule.AUMS is currently operating a workforce of 150, and has been awarded Stage 3 works to take the next step into an operational 200,000 t/month production mine.Since the establishment of AUMS in 2007, the organisation has grown rapidly, which it says is “on the back of consistently exceeding client expectations and this award by one of the company’s largest clients is recognition for the hard work and dedication of the AUMS team.“Having approached the African market with a wealth of experience in underground mining developed in over two decades of operation in Australia AUMS brings unparalleled mining expertise and the highest standards in safety and equipment operation to the West African business.”Africa Underground Mining Services is a 50/50 joint venture partner with Ausdrill.