Made during Jajouka’s first U.S. tour in 1995
1996-97, this live recording appeared on Psychic TV’s U.S. label, Temple ov Psychick Youth. Place, date of recording and date of release unknown.
Originated from Morocco’s Rif Mountains, the Master Musicians are said to have emerged at Bryon Gysin and Mohamed Hamri‘s 1001 Nights Tangiers restaurant during the 1950s, a place attended by a Western audience and hence called Interzone. As far as I understand, the repertoire they play, infused by Sufi mysticism and paganism, is the kind of music that would be played during Aid el Kebir, the festival that ends the yearly Ramadan. Jajouka’s music is dominated by hypnotic percussion and the nasal tone of the rhaita, a kind of oboe, usually played in unison. Other instruments include the gimbri, a stringed instrument, violin and flute, plus the occasional vocals. Powerful music, in any case.
01 Part I (20:25)
02 Part II (25:24)
03 Part III (6:42)
04 Part IV (17:20)
05 Part V (15:28)
Total time 85:19
Cassette released by Temple Ov Psychick Youth, USA, late 1990s
Image above from Bireysel Kişi blog.