The Master Musicians of Joujouka announce London concerts

The Master Musicians of Joujouka play in London for the first time in more than four decades at two concerts this June

The Master Musicians of Joujouka play two shows at The Forge, Camden 20-21 June 2023.

For the first time in more than 40 years, the Master Musicians of Joujouka will perform in London – at two just announced shows.

Taking place over 20th and 21st June, the Master Musicians of Joujouka will have a residency at new venue The Forge in Camden.

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“The music of the Master Musicians of Joujouka is not improvised – it has been honed & perfected over many, many years to help the listener access altered states” Jarvis Cocker

“The oldest and most exclusive dance party in the world” Rolling Stone Magazine

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.

Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones travelled to Joujouka in 1968 to record the Masters. Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka was released in 1971, honouring Brian’s memory and exposing a wider audience to the remarkable music of the Masters for the first time.

In January 1973, jazz musician Ornette Coleman recorded with the Masters. A small part of what was recorded was released on the 1975 album Dancing In My Head album. The Master Musicians of Joujouka have performed at the Glastonbury Festival on and off since 1975.

Ahmed El Attar, the Rais (leader) of Master Musicians of Joujouka, said: “The Master Musicians were hoping to come to London in 2021 which would have been the 50th anniversary of our first record produced by Brian Jones coming out. But Coronavirus stopped everything. Our last concerts in London were in 1980 when Rikki Stein brought us on a three-month tour, and we played a week at The Commonwealth Institute. Rikki has helped us and the village for 52 years and this London visit he has arranged as well. It is Baraka, the blessings of Sidi Ahmed Sheikh and the power of Boujeloud that keeps us all together for so long.”

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