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Master Musicians of Joujouka / Press

“The Master Musicians of Jajouka/Joujouka playing on the steps of Westminster Cathedral, London, 11 Sept., 1980. From The Guardian”

“Images from Rolling Stone 14 Oct 1971”

“Ihr erstes Album wurde noch von der Musical Heritage Society produziert, ihr zweites bereits von den Rolling Stones. Beatniks und Hippies begannen von der uralten Trance-Musik zu schwärmen und pilgerten zu einem einsamen Bergdorf in Marokko. Aber mit dem Interesse der Welt kam auch die Zwietracht. Im Jahr 1912 verständigten sich die Kolonialmächte Frankreich und Spanien über die Grenzen ihrer Einflusssphären in Marokko. Bei der Stadt Tanger wurden sie sich allerdings nicht einig: Daher erklärte man die Hafenstadt an der Straße von Gibraltar, nur einen Katzensprung von Europa entfernt, zur internationalen Zone. Tanger wurde ein exotischer Zufluchtsort für Aussteiger aus Europa und Amerika, für schräge Vögel und unangepasste Künstler.”

“Healing Crazy Minds: Master Musicians Of Joujouka & Morocco's Boujeloud Festival by Richie Troughton Like Delta bluesman Robert Johnson selling his soul to the devil at the crossroads in return for his rare gift, the history of Boujeloud is a rock 'n' roll tale with mythical origins. That legend begins with Attar, a young shepherd, who dared to rest in the forbidden cave of Magara (pronounced Ma'ara), near Joujouka, while his flock grazed on the greenery below. The cave was seen as taboo by villagers and, soon enough, Attar was roused from his slumber by the sound of pipes being played by the part-goat, part-man figure of Boujeloud”

“Rif et rock’n’roll Découvert dans les années 50, Joujouka voit par la suite défiler les plus grands noms. Le peintre Brion Gysin, les écrivains William Burroughs et Paul Bowles rencontrent les musiciens de Joujouka dès les années 50 alors qu’ils vivent à Tanger. C’est Mohamed Hamri, l’un des plus célèbres peintres marocains, qui leur fait découvrir son village natal. Dans les années 70, les hippies défilent. Brian Jones, premier guitariste des Rolling Stones, est aussi le premier à tripper à Joujouka.”

“Joujouka, a village nestled in the foothills of the Rif mountains in northern Morocco, has been attracting enlightenment-chasing subversives and sonic novelty-seekers for decades. They are drawn by its Sufi trance music, played by the Master Musicians of Joujouka on a pipe called the rhaita and a drum called the tebel. In the 50s, Paul Bowles and William Burroughs visited, and the latter concluded: "We need more diabolic music everywhere." Timothy Leary proclaimed the Master Musicians to be "a 4,000-year-old rock'n'roll band". And in July 1968, Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones dropped in to record the village's Boujeloud - or Rites of Pan - festival. That gruellingly intense annual night of music, magic and fertility still takes place every year, though the village has changed since Jones's visit: s's recordings were released posthumously in 1971,”

“Joujouka, le club des soufis stones World. Ce petit bled perdu dans le Rif marocain a abrité son troisième festival de musique soufie, qui s’est achevé hier. Entre transe panique, kif et mythologie hippie. Trois jours et trois nuits en plein Rif marocain : depuis vendredi et jusqu’à dimanche, les maîtres musiciens soufis ont joué chez eux, entourés de leurs familles, dans le bled sans doute le plus réputé du Maroc. Joujouka est minuscule, perché sur une hauteur qui domine un lac ; des montagnes et d’immenses vallées vert fluo.”

“You Should be trancin by Mark Paytress Mojo, October, 2008. THE MASTER MUSICIANS OF JOUJOUKA MARK 40 YEARS SINCE BRIAN JONES CAME CALLING ON THE GREAT GOD PAN. BY MARK PAYTRESS A tiny man wrapped In goat-skins brings his frenzied movements to an.. abrupt standstill in front of MOJO's reporter, undercover in fez and ankle-length djellaba for the night. He fixes my gaze like a man possessed, rolls his head rapidly from side to side, and starts whipping me with an olive branch. Have I really travelled 2,000 miles to endure this? Yes, of course.This is all part of the ancient Rites of Pan, an annual ceremony that takes place in the foothills oft heRif Mountains in north Morocco, where the 500 or so villagers of Joujouka gather in a dusty square for a through-the-night Boujeloud ritual that will ensure the fertility of both crops and community.”

“Download an MP3 featuring two tracks performed by The Master Musicians of Joujouka (as featured in this month's Global Ear) recorded live at the Brian Jones 40th Anniversary Festival in Joujouka/Jajouka 29 July 2008. The performance began exactly forty years to the hour from when Brian Jones recorded The Master Musicians in 1968. The resulting LP Brian Jones presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka was the first release on Rolling Stones Records in 1971 The tracks featured are: "Habibi Wan Amali" ("My love what more have I") and "L'Aita" ("The Call")”

“View an exclusive preview of Brian Jones Joujouka Very Stoned by Daragh McCarthy featuring a live performance by The Master Musicians Of Joujouka at the Brian Jones 40th Anniversary Festival in Morocco View this exclusive excerpt featuring The Master Musicians Of Joujouka filmed in Joujouka, Morocco at Brian Jones 40th Anniversary Festival, 29-30 July 2008. Produced by Frank Rynne, engineered by David Slevin at Virtu Studios.”

“A Rolling Stone's Moroccan odyssey The group's founder member Brian Jones's obsession with the haunting music of Joujouka is to be recalled at a Moroccan festival in his honour, writes Frank Rynne. WHEN I FIRST visited Morocco in 1994, I took a one-way charter flight to Malaga and a ferry across the Straits of Gibraltar. On one side of the Straits were the burnt hills of Southern Spain, on the other the high colossus of the Rif Mountains.”