Photo report from Master Musicians of Joujouka festival 3-5 June 2022

The ritual of Boujeloud – the half man / half goat dancing in front of flames on the closing night of the Master Musicians of Joujouka festival

The Master Musicians of Joujouka welcomed guests to their village home in the Ahl Serif mountains of Morocco earlier this year for three days over 3-5 June.

Over the course of the weekend the Mallimin performed their ancient Sufi trance to an audience of guests who had travelled from all over the world to join them.

Booking open now for Joujouka 23 2-4 June 2023

The Master Musicians of Joujouka annual Festival returns in 2023 with a limited number of 50 places – tickets available now.

The festival begins on Friday, 2nd June 2023 with pick up at the nearest city of Ksar El Kebir around noon and by arrangement drop-off on the morning of Monday, 5th June back to the train station at Ksar El Kebir.

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Relaxing in the afternoon at the Madrassa tent
Dancing during an evening set by the Master Musicians of Joujouka
In the village square in front of the tomb of Sidi Ahmed Shiekh
An afternoon performance on the tent stage, with Shiekh Ahmed Talha on kemanja (violin)
The tebel section led by Ahmed El Attar
Up close with Mohamed El Attar
Guests dance to the sounds of ancient trance music
Boujeloud taunts the surrounding crowd with his olive branch switches
Ali Ezouglali playing lira in the kitchen at the Madrassa
Rhaitas led by El Touhami Talha
Heavy drones
Making bread in Joujouka
Boujeloud dances onstage
Young Joujouki hit the dancefloor
Mohamed El Hatmi, aka Boujeloud, after his performance
Crowd scene by the tent stage in the evening
A bedroom in one of the homes at Joujouka
Donkeys on the path
Get your motor running – the Mallimin provide a push for a hill start to help a biker guest get back on the road
The village school bus at the gate of the Madrassa
The Master Musicians of Joujouka greet guests at the festival in their village
The embers of the flames after Boujeloud lit up the jibal

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Photos in this gallery taken on the third and final day of the festival by Richie Troughton