Nine South African Roadies Association (SARA) members departed for Morocco on 17 June to spend a week engaging in technical and production on-the-job training. The trip is part of a technical and production skills enhancement project between SARA and the The Gnaoua and World Music Festival.

The nine will have an intensive 7-day on-the-job training, gaining technical and production training to acquire top-notch skills development in Sound, Lighting, Audio Visual and Live Events Production techniques. The opportunity that is being provided by this visit is invaluable, and it represents another milestone in the march to empower young South Africans with technical and production skills, so desperately needed by local industry.

SARA President, Freddie Nyathela, will also visit the Gnaoua and World Music Festival on the 20 June to participate at the Festival’s forum “Societies in mouvement, cultures in freedom’ that will be held on June 22 and 23. The purpose of the forum is to join the most authoritative cultural and artistic voices from all over the world.

The Gnaoua and World Music Festival takes place in Essaouira from June 21 to June 24 is one of the largest festivals in North Africa with audiences of upto 400 000. The travel costs were funded the National Arts Council of South Africa for funding the travel costs of this project.