Music in Monastir
Relatively few resorts were promoting large events during march, preferring to wait until the new holiday season really starts at Easter. In Tunisia, music festivals are relatively thin on the ground anyway, so it was unusual to find a new festival taking place during March this year.
The Festival de Musique Fusion a Monastir started on the afternoon of 12th March and continued through until Sunday evening on 14th March. The organisers saw the festival as an opportunity for new and upcoming groups to have the chance to perform in front of larger audiences. Various styles were on display, but the classification of “Fusion” was more a term to allow a broad mix of acts to perform rather a style that could be used to describe any of the acts themselves.
The festival took place in the Cultural Centre of Monastir with four acts performing each day. Tickets were available for each day at a price of 6 Tunisian Dinar (which is only around 3 pounds in UK currency) or visitors could purchase a three day pass for 15 Dinar.
Bands performing included Garby’s, a three piece guitar band who play “world music”, Sofien Safta, a talented musician who plays guitar and harmonica and is a regular performer in Tunisia. Also performing on Saturday were Tunisian band RaZZmataZZ, a five part band whose music style is described as a combination of metal, rock and experimental. This band hails from the Tunisian city of Al Qayrawen, which has some amazing old buildings, some dating back almost 1500 years.
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