The lightning passage in the country of the famous guitarist in the 60s remains a mystery and fuels the wildest rumors.
In the summer of 1969, Jimi Hendrix made a brief stay in Essaouira, a fortified city very touristy in the south of Morocco. From this trip, there is no image or soundtrack left, but countless myths that feed the legend of the rock icon. In the village of Diabat, located five kilometers from the city, cSome claim to have crossed paths with him, others say they have spoken to him … Fifty years after the death of the American musician, the small village of Diabat vibrates in tune with the legendary guitarist.
With his Jimi Cafe and his hostel Hendrix, Diabat looks like a sanctuary, half rock, half flower power. With tags and colorful portraits, we celebrate the passage “historical” guitar hero, shortly before his participation in the Woodstock festival. It was over fifty years ago. And yet almost everyone here remembers the “young artist” on guitar, tragically died at the age of 27 in London.
He visited friends who were staying in the village. It was the last time we saw him. They say he’s dead but God only knowsto AFP
If the visits to Morocco of Jim Morrison, Paul McCartney or Robert Plant, in the years 1960-1970, are perfectly documented, the mystery surrounds the stay of Hendrix. Her “short visit during the summer of 1969 produced a mountain of misinformation and fictional stories“, notes one of his biographers, Caesar Glebbeek, in an article published on the Univibes site.
According to a living legend, the American artist would even have been inspired by Dar Soltane, a ruined fortress, almost buried at the foot of the village, to compose his famous title Castle made of Sand. Problem: the song was released in … 1967, two years before his stay in Morocco. Whatever, Diabat wants to believe it. A legend is always good for marketing.
Many tourists follow in his footsteps and they want to know everything. There are also nostalgics who come to remember the good old daysto AFP
The stories of the Moroccan adventures of Jimi Hendrix abound: he would have crisscrossed the country in a van, tried to buy an island off Essaouira, or the whole village of Diabat, before falling back on the fortress silted up …
Caesar Glebbeek, the biographer of the Seattle guitarist, has fun in his writings to disentangle the true from the false: yes, Jimi Hendrix has come to Essaouira where he stayed in a four star hotel, but whatever the tourist guides say nostalgic fans, he did “never visited Diabat“.