On April 10, the S.T.A.R.S. landed in Casablanca to participate in the International Music Festival
“Sawt”. We came in force, with twenty members of our friends and family on point to fulfill our mission to bring the light both on and off the stage.
We were whisked from the airport straight to the theater where we met the other choirs. They greeted us with cheers, hugs and song as though we were members of a family reunion. After a quick shower, a classic Moroccan lunch of vegetable tagine and a few sound checks, we found ourselves on stage in the beautiful gardens of the Cultural Center of the American Consulate, singing to an international audience including foreign diplomats and local dignitaries. What a magical setting – a private garden party and the whole neighborhood was invited.
From there, we moved across town to a lovely, intimate theater setting, where we hit them hard with Nuhjume bringing down the house with “Waka Waka” and “I Will Always Love You” followed by the whole ensemble and our signature finale of “Indescribable”. The balcony was filled with the other choirs hooting and hollering “We love you S.T.A.R.S.!” We loved them back with our harmonies and smiles. Once again, music crossed all cultural and language boundaries.
That was only day one of our seven perfect days in Morocco.