KILMI'S MOROCCAN ROLL
Having recently changed their name from Kilmi Music to Kilmi (reflecting their expansion into lighting and staging) the predominant Moroccan rental operators continue their incredible growth. With over 100 full-time staff, the company is now arguably the largest rental outfit in the entire region of North Africa.
Serviced by French-based pro audio distributors, Algam, the Kilmi operates a vast rental fleet of Martin Audio enclosures, many of which were deployed at the recent Festival Agadir Timitar - a multicultural music festival covering three outdoor stages and continuing for eight days. During this time, 400 artistes and 47 groups appeared across the three stages.
Organised by the Timitar Association, the second edition of the Agadir Timitar festival was a big success from the moment Ismaël Lô performed to an audience of between 20,000 and 25,000 at the opening event on the main stage.
Kilmi's PA solution for this stage was to fly Martin Audio W8L line array enclosures with WSX subs and LE floor monitors for the musicians.
Stage 2 saw the Mini Line Array (W8LM) deployed, supported by WLX subs and LE monitoring. Incredibly, a complement of just eight W8LM enclosures per side was sufficient to cater for an audience of10,000.
Stage 3 was set up as a conventional auditorium-style PA for 2,000 people, using the Martin
W8C Compact, with
WSX subs and LE monitors.
All visiting sound engineers remarked on how impressed they had been with all the sound reinforcement systems.
The rental company, who around the same time supplied equipment to the major international event - the Fez Festival of World Sacred Music - has recently invested in Martin Audio's Mini Line Array (W8LM) - largely for the more personal entertainment purposes of the King of Morocco (Mohammed VI). They will also supply a W8L system for a FIFA event in September, with a major headline act.
Footnote: Kilmi's stock-holding of Martin Audio enclosures now amounts to: 32 x W8L; four W8L Downfill; 16 x W8LM; 60 x WSX/WLX subs; 32 x W8C; 24 x W3; 24 x WS2A subs; 50 x LE monitors; 20 WM0.5 compact monitors.