Marrakech events with the Master Musicians of Joujouka to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Brian Jones’ visit to the village

Atlas talk MMOJ w Frank Rynne + Rikki Stein 29 6 18

The Master Musicians of Joujouka would like to thank everyone who attended this year’s sold out festival dates in the village (22-24 June).

The festival celebrated 50 years since Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones came to Joujouka in 1968 to record Brian Jones Presents The Pipes Of Pan Of Joujouka (released in 1971 on Rolling Stones Records). The festival in the village and events in Marrakech coincide with the dates of his visit.

Several events are planned in Marrakech this weekend to coincide with the concert on Saturday, 30th June at Villa Janna promoted by Atlas Electronic.

Atlas talk Hamri w Latifa Serghini 27 6 18 poster

On Wednesday, 27th June author Latifa Serghini held a book signing for her recently published book Mohamed Hamri: Peintre Et Saltimbanque a biography of Hamri, the painter and poet who introduced the music of the Master Musicians of Joujouka to the world, at the 18, Derb El Ferrane gallery in the city.

Atlas talk MMOJ w Frank Rynne + Rikki Stein 29 6 18

On Friday, 29th June at 18, Derb El Ferrane from 7pm Mel Bernstine hosts a discussion with the Master Musicians of Joujouka, their manager/producer Frank Rynne and Rikki Stein.

Rynne has worked with the Master Musicians Of Joujouka since 1992 when he brought the group to Dublin for the William S. Burroughs and Brion Gysin art exhibition, the Here To Go Show. He has managed the group since 1994 and produced the albums Joujouka Black Eyes, Moroccan Trance II: Sufi, Boujeloud and the upcoming LP Live In Paris.

Stein lived in Joujouka from 1970 and managed the group for their 1980 three-month tour of Europe. He has continued to work with the Master Musicians and made his first visit to the village in 38 years ahead of the concert in Marrakech. More details on the event page here

MMOJ Atlas Electronic Marrakech Djemaa El Fna poster

Following the talk the Master Musicians of Joujouka will perform a live set in the Djemaa El Fna at 9pm. More details here

Image by Frank Rynne
Image by Frank Rynne

The Master Musicians of Joujouka will then perform a headline show – their first in the city in decades at the Villa Janna eco village, in the Palmerie district of the ancient city in an 800-capacity amphitheatre.

The Masters Musicians of Joujouka will play a 4-hour rhaita set and perform Boujeloud with live visuals by Joachim Montessuis.

From Atlas Electronic:

In partnership with Atlas Electronic, LE 18 is setting up a series of meetings and interventions that will enrich the exceptional concert of the Master Musicians of Joujouka which will take place on June 30 at Villa Janna.

The MMOJ troupe will give a performance on the Jamaa L’fna square. The opportunity to meet this legendary group, described by William S. Burroughs as a “4,000 year old rock band”. The square will vibrate to the hypnotic and transcendental rhythm of the Jbala ghaita.

Marrakech international airport is served by multiple international carriers and Marrakech is accessible by train from major Moroccan cities Fez, Casablanca, Rabat and Tangier with bus links from Essaouira and Agadir.


International tickets:

Moroccan tickets:

More information on the Atlas Electronic website / Facebook event page

Full details of all Master Musicians Of Joujouka events in Marrakech via Atlas Electronic:

Friday, 29th June Talk with Rikki Stein, Franck Rynne & the MMOJ

Friday, 29th June Joujouka meets Jamaa L’Fna

Saturday, 30th June Concert: Atlas Electronic presents: The Master Musicians of Joujouka

Boujeloud at Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival, June 2018 - photo Frank Rynne

Dates and tickets for next year’s Master Musicians of Joujouka festival to be announced soon. Keep checking back to for details.