Live film from Master Musicians Of Joujouka concerts in Japan

Master Musicians Of Joujouka live in Japan at Festival de Frue.
Master Musicians Of Joujouka live in Japan at Festival de Frue

The Master Musicians Of Joujouka recently visited the Far East for their first live performances in Japan.

The group headlined Festival de Frue in Shizuoka over two days and completed the tour with a sold out concert at WWW X in Shibuya, Tokyo.

Watch the Master Musicians Of Joujouka live in Japan here:

 

In addition to the successful run of shows the Master Musicians also performed live and were interviewed for live-streaming channel Dommune. Minimalist composer Terry Riley, in town for his own performances in Tokyo that week, came straight from the airport to the studio to check out the set and meet the Masters.

Minimalist composer Terry Riley, in town for his own performances in Tokyo that week, came straight from the airport to the studio to check out the set and meet the Masters. Pictured: Master Musicians Of Joujouka group leader Ahmed El Attar with Terry Riley.
Master Musicians Of Joujouka group leader Ahmed El Attar with Terry Riley

NHK-FM, Tokyo FM and J-Wave FM radio stations also featured interviews and live recordings from the Masters’ shows in Japan.

Congratulations to J-Wave FM’s Oriental Music Show presenter, Unagami Takuya, who won a national radio award for best programme. The show featured a special on the Master Musicians Of Joujouka.

Read a report from the Master Musicians Of Joujouka’s appearance at Festival De Frue on Resident Advisor here

Master Musicians Of Joujouka at WWW X, Shibuya, Tokyo
Master Musicians Of Joujouka at WWW X, Shibuya, Tokyo

 *photos courtesy Master Musicians Of Joujouka Japan

Master Musicians Of Joujouka on tour in Japan

The Master Musicians Of Joujouka set off from the village on their way to Japan (photo all rights Frank Rynne)
The Master Musicians Of Joujouka set off from the village on their way to Japan (photo all rights Frank Rynne)

The Master Musicians Of Joujouka travel to Japan this week for the first time.

The group are set to perform over two days headlining Festival de Frue on 3rd and 4th November in Shizuoka, with a headline concert in Tokyo on 6th November.

At Frue the first concert will be a full PA show, with the second day’s performance to be held outdoors and without a sound system, to replicate the experience of the music played by the Master Musicians Of Joujouka at their annual festival in the village.

In Tokyo, the Master Musicians Of Joujouka will play at Shibuya WWW X. The performance will be preceded by the world premiere of the Tribe Ahl Serif film, featuring rarely seen footage from 1974.

Ahmed El Attar, Rais of the Master Musicians Of Joujouka, said: “It is an honour for the Masters to visit Japan for the first time. We have many Japanese visitors who come to Joujouka and the Masters look forward to bringing the Baraka of Sidi Ahmed Schiech to our friends and fans in Japan.

“It is the first time Boujeoud has danced in the Far East and all of the Masters are happy.”

 

Festival de Frue 2017
Festival de Frue 2017

 

To coincide with the tour a new book has been published telling the story of The Master Musicians of Joujouka and their magical village. Authors include Yamazaki Harumi, Salam Unagami, Akito Inui, Rieko Akatsuka, Frank Rynne, Moriyuki Imamura, Kucci, Miho Watanabe, Muzians (Editor) and Tatsuo Hinaka (Designer) and the book is available to order now via Amazon.

A Japanese Tour Limited Edition tour CD of the new Live In Paris album, recorded at the Centre Pompidou in 2016, will also be available.

For full details of all concerts check out the Joujouka in Japan 2017 page here

Farewell to our friend Anita Pallenberg

Anita Pallenberg in Joujouka July 20008 as guest of honor at the Master Musicians of Joujouka Brian Jones 40th Anniversary Festival, Photo by Jill Furmanovsky. All Rights reserved
Anita Pallenberg in Joujouka July 2008 as guest of honor at the Master Musicians of Joujouka Brian Jones 40th AnniversaryFestival, Photo by Jill Furmanovsky/www.rckarchive.com All Rights reserved

The Master Musicans of Joujouka and their manager Frank Rynne would like to offer sincere condolences to the family and friends of Anita Pallenberg.

According to manager Frank Rynne :

I was a friend of Anita’s from the early 1990s. In 2008 she accepted our invitation to come to Joujouka to honor Brian Jones. She came with her lifelong friend John Dunbar who was another old friend of Brian’s. It was a healing journey for her and her first visit to Morocco since 1967.She stayed in the room Brian Jones had stayed in and adapted to the frugal conditions instantly. We discussed Brian, the blues, love and life for more for a week. She said Brian must have liked Joujouka so much because “He was pure and they are pure”. Joujouka brought her peace.

 I respected Anita for her direct honesty, her deep insights and her sense of humor. She was a sensitive, honest, and super talented artist, actor and much more  whose cultural impact goes a lot further than her influence on the Rolling Stones.She was class and she was art.

Mark Paytress who was also on the trip commented on hearing of her death stated :

I think she found great peace and inspiration in those hills.

Photographer Jill Furmanovsky  said ;

She was a person once met never forgotten. I remember how much she enjoyed being in Joujouka – doing her drawings and thawing out as the music and good vibes got to her.

Ahmed El Attar leader of the Master Musician of Joujouka  and said :

She was a friend of Brian Jones and we welcomed her and shared our music and village for 5 days. She was a noble woman and everyone was inspired by her. We wish her to be at peace with Allah.