Video: Ribab Fusion Debuts at Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion

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Ribab Fusion is jamming now through January at Epcot’s Morocco pavilion. (Video by Seth Kubersky)

During last year’s reshuffling of Epcot’s World Showcase shows, long-time fan favorite musical group Mo’Rockin’ was moved out of the Morocco pavilion and replaced by a Berber band called B’net Al Houwariyate. Now, the revolving door of Epcot entertainment has rotated yet turned again: B’net has said goodbye (at least for the time being) and Ribab Fusion has made their debut at Epcot’s Morocco.


A popular band from North Africa, Ribab Fusion plays a Moroccan mix of 70’s jazz-funk and Fela-esque Afropop, characterized by use of the ribab bowed instrument. The frontman rocks a Jimi Hendrix ‘do and dashiki, and their 15-minute sets meander across a number of grooves without being broken up into defined songs. If you’re a fan of jam bands, or just need a place to stand and swallow your Food & Wine samples, Ribab Fusion may make a fine diversion. If you’re interested, catch them fast: their Epcot residency only runs through January 2.

Here’s a video of a full set from October 22, Ribab Fusion’s first day at Epcot:

 

 

Seth Kubersky

Author of The Unofficial Guide to Universal Orlando. Co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Disneyland and Beyond Disney. Contributor to Unofficial Guides to WDW and Las Vegas. Live Active Cultures columnist for the Orlando Weekly. Travel and arts journalist. Theatrical director and producer.

2 thoughts on “Video: Ribab Fusion Debuts at Epcot’s Morocco Pavilion

  • October 26, 2015 at 11:38 am
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    I pray that B’net Al Houwariyate does not come back. They gave Me, my wife and two kids a headache. We used to love to relax in Morocco and listen to Mo Rockin. There was nothing relaxing about the sounds coming from B’net.

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  • October 28, 2015 at 3:52 pm
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    I have no problem with B’net Al Houwariyate, but I’m glad they are refreshing this relatively soon. Here’s hoping they do it more — it makes World Showcase a lot more interesting to see new acts regularly, and I’m much more likely to stop and watch something that I haven’t already seen several times over the years…

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