Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 24-26 May 2024.
The Master Musicians of Joujouka have announced dates for a second weekend festival for 2024 from 24-26 May, with drop-off 27 May.
Due to high demand following their successful UK tour including an appearance opening the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury Festival. The previously announced Joujouka 24 festival for 7-9 June sold out in a week.
To accommodate people on the waiting list a second village festival has exceptionally been added for May 2024.
Spaces are very limited as the first 30 places were reserved for people on the waiting list.
Joujouka 2.0 2024 starts Friday, 24th May 2024 with pick up at the nearest city of Ksar El Kebir around noon and by arrangement drop-off on the morning of Monday, 27th May back to the train station at Ksar El Kebir.
Ticket includes pick up at Ksar El Kebir on 24th May, accommodation, meals and drop-off on 27th May.
Also included is three days and nights of music and a full immersion into the Joujouka experience.
Guests stay with Master Musicians and their families.
Performances are held at the Madrassa of the Master Musicians of Joujouka in their village.
Recent festival in Morocco and UK tour report featured in the latest edition of Songlines.
Fifty years since his first visit to Joujouka in 1973, Robin Denselow returned to Morocco to experience the annual festival in the village – and then followed the Master Musicians of Joujouka on their recent UK tour, including festival opening set at Glastonbury.
The August-September 2023 edition of Songlinesmagazine features Denselow’s tour diary report of his experiences.
In June, Denselow attended the Master Musicians of Joujouka festival, and then joined the group on the road for their two-night residency at The Forge in Camden, London, ahead of the group’s Pyramid Stage opening set at Glastonbury Festival.
Denselow said: “It’s amazing to be back [in Joujouka], especially as I’m with Rikki Stein, friend and manager of the late, great Fela Kuti. I first met Rikki when I was invited to Joujouka back in 1973. Jazz pioneer Ornette Coleman and the writer William S Burroughs were also here, and the musicians played for hours out in the mud square, creating the most extraordinary, intense and trance-inducing sounds I had ever heard.
“Now, it’s more organised. The new generation of musicians have flattened the earth at the top of an olive grove next to their little HQ to provide a stage covered in carpets and a striped awning. Will it be the same intense experience? I shouldn’t have worried.”
Reporting on the Master Musicians of Joujouka’s Glastonbury show Robin Denselow enthused: “They sound as intense, and attacking and as sophisticated as they did in Joujouka. […] They still sound as thrilling, joyful and unique as they did back in their village in Morocco.”
Read the article Moroccan Dance Party in full in the August-September 2023 edition of Songlines available now from all good newsagents and here