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Photo Highlights: Justin Timberlake at Mawazine in Morocco

posted by Marjana Jaidi on May 31, 2014

  • Rabat, Morocco -- "This is my first time in Morocco," Justin Timberlake told the crowd as he kicked off the 13th edition of Festival Mawazine. "Can y'all believe that?"

    Taking the stage with The Tensessee Kids, Timberlake started with "Pusher Love Girl," the first track from The 20/20 Experience, and took the audience on a nearly two-hour journey through his considerable catalogue.

    Timberlake is a real performer, one with substance to boot. Having seen Timberlake in concert twice before (three, if you count an *NSYNC concert in 2001), I knew that Timberlake is not only an incredible dancer, but also an accomplished musician. He's jammed on the keytar during "Sexy Ladies" on his FutureSex/LoveShow tour in 2007, and last year, he jumped in with the backing band to play various instruments on Jay-Z's songs during their co-headlining Legends of Summer tour. 

    Last night was no different – he graced the piano for "Until the End of Time" played the keyboard for "Señorita," and in a nod to his roots, picked up a guitar for a cover of Elvis' "Heartbreak Hotel," adding, "I hail from Memphis, Tennessee, and that was your first lesson in the blues." 

    The covers didn't stop there – he also paid tribute to the late King of Pop, Michael Jackson, with covers of "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" and "For All Time." In addition to the full covers, Timberlake also intermittently threw in pieces from his cohorts' songs, rapping a few lines from Kanye West's "I Am A God," Jay Z's "Tom Ford," and Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit," among others.

    He closed his 20-song set with "Sexy Back," followed by an epic rendition of "Mirrors." From his sound to his stage set-up, it's clear Timberlake draws influence from a range of eras, and in doing so, has cemented himself as a timeless artist.

    Listen to last night's full setlist via Spotify below as you scroll through images from last night's performance.

  • A backstage selfie with the man himself.

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