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Located on Morocco's Atlantic coast, the port of Essaouira was for many years a well-kept secret of 20th century bohemia. Rock stars Mick Jagger and Jimi Hendrix have wandered its 300-year-old streets, joining a steady stream of beats and backpackers who, in some cases, were drawn as much by the local kef as by Essaouira's cultural mélange of European, Berber and African influences.

Now it seems the rest of the world has finally caught up, at least if the Essaouira Gnaoua and World Music Festival (June 24-27) is anything to go by. The five-year-old event is...

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