The Master Musicians of Jajouka II – live in the USA

The Master Musicians of Jajouka II - live in the USA

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.

Tales of Joujouka, 1975 book coverOriginated 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


The veil of trance
Image above from Bireysel Kişi blog.

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11 Responses to “The Master Musicians of Jajouka II – live in the USA”

  1. 1 s. borges December 17, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Woe! Incredible! Thanks a million, Continuo!

  2. 2 continuo December 17, 2010 at 8:29 am

    You’re welcome.

  3. 4 twinkle December 17, 2010 at 11:32 am

    Master Musicians indeed.

  4. 5 twinkle December 17, 2010 at 11:40 am

    they are producing transcendental bliss

  5. 6 cherie nutting December 17, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    The Master Musicians of Jajaouka led by Bachir Attar first Toured in 1995 and not 1996. This seems to be an illegal recording.
    The Master Musicians of Jajouka Management

  6. 7 continuo December 17, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks for the info. I corrected the post accordingly.
    Illegal recordings sometimes make invaluable archival documents.

  7. 8 danger.FELLINI December 18, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Cherie Nutting is correct. This is an illegal PSYCHIC release. Pay them what you owe them Tom & Gen.

    telepathic regards,

  8. 9 Art Of Losing December 18, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Many many thanks.
    Can’t wait to listen to this recording.

  9. 10 continuo December 18, 2010 at 6:51 pm

    Enjoy and thanks for dropping by.

  10. 11 Scott December 19, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Cool Thanks!

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