Major UK feature on Master Musicians of Joujouka festival by Paul Trynka

Former editor of Mojo and Q and definitive biographer of Bowie, Iggy Pop and now, Brian Jones, Paul Trynka on the Master Musicians of Joujouka today:

“From the first beat the music is arresting, melodies carried by seven or eight rhaita, oboe-like pipes – the pipes of Pan – flanked by five or six drummers playing tbel, primitive military-style drums. Pipers play a call and response; over the next five or six hours, then three successive nights, I hear hundreds of melodies, some surely blues or folk, some impossibly alien, while the drums boom out relentlessly hypnotic polyrhythms. The volume is overwhelming – your ears ring, your brain shakes, your teeth rattle. I’ve lost all consciousness of time, when suddenly a new energy fills the air – a goat-skinned apparition leaps on stage and the pipes distort into a rush of noise, like a Jimi Hendrix guitar solo. Bou Jeloud dances across the tent, shaking his hips in front of the musicians, who sweat with the intensity of their work.”

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Morocco: Follow the sound of the Beats by Paul Trynka

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The Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 2013 high drone from 00.47, Aishas and Boujeloud by Marek Pytel.

This intimate view of the Master Musicians of Joujouka during live performance of the Boujeloud pageant at the 2013 festival in the village Joujouka/Jajouka was shot by Marek Pytel of Reality Films. Up close and personal The Masters are revealed in collective mode. Boys from the village dance as Aisha Kandisha, the mad women gifted to Boujeloud as a bride, and then Boujeloud arrives, whipping, trembling and bestowing. This 5 min edit of an hours long performance serves as a teaser and a taster. Enjoy and please share.

Reality Films
Master Musicians of Joujouka and Festival booking
Mohamed Mokhchan, Mohamed El Attar, Ahmed El Attar, Abdeslam Rrtoubi, Abdellah Ziyat, Ahmed Talha, El Touhami Talha, Ali Ezouglai, Mustapha El Attar, El Khalil Radi, and Mohamed El Hatmi (Boujeloud).

Interview with The Master Musicians of Joujouka about their music, healing and history HD video

Shot in 2012 Master Musicians of Joujouka play and discuss the spirituality their music. Elected Rais of the Master Musicians of Joujouka, Ahmed El Attar, talks about the importance of the music in the community, as a healing force while Mohamed El Hatmi the village Boujeloud adds some thoughts on Mick Jagger. This segment is extracted from footage from a forthcoming feature length movie by New York based director Craig Butta.

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