Brion Gysin Centenary

Today 19 Jan 2016 is the 100th anniversary of the birth of Brion Gysin the mentor and friend of the Master Musicians of Joujouka/Jajouka. he invented the Cut-Up Method of writing for William Burroughs. In the 1950s he fell in love with the Masters and with the painter form the village Mohamed Hamri he helped the Masters in any way he could while he lived. He owned with hamri the 1001 Nights in tangier where the musicians played in groups of 15 for 2 weeks at a time. he loved Hamri and the Masters. In his diaries he talks of Hamri […]

The Legend

The remarkable music played by the Master Musicians of Joujouka, a remote village in the Ahl Srif tribal area south of the Rif in Northern Morocco, is thousands of years old. In the 15th century, when the Sufi saint Sidi Ahmed Schiech arrived in the village, he wrote music for the Masters’ ancestors which could heal disturbed minds. Today’s Masters are blessed with the Baraka or spirit of their saint and use touch and prayer to heal. Bou Jeloud The Masters’ performances feature a dancer dressed as Bou Jeloud, a Pan-like figure half goat half man. Although the character of […]

The Festival

More about the Festival Since 2008, the annual festival at Joujouka has taken place in June every summer and offers a unique opportunity to spend three days with the Master Musicians. Unlike any other, ours is a true micro-festival which has received rave coverage from Mojo, The Guardian, Liberation, the BBC, Al Jazeera and The Irish Times. Our concept The Festival is all about offering a very small group of people the opportunity to live in Joujouka with the Masters as your hosts and experience the music in the village and spectacular landscape in which it belongs. People who speak […]