Master Musicians of Jajouka + Chie Mukai


Master Musicians of Jajouka (mar) + Chie Mukai (jap)



"A 4,000 year-old rock'n'roll band.” - William S. Burroughs

                                                         versie in het nederlands onderaan

The Master Musicians Of Jajouka became a counter-cultural icon when Brian Jones of The Rolling Stones confessed that even he had trouble standing up to “the constant strain of the festival” during the performances he recorded in their tiny village in the foothills of Morocco’s Rif Mountains. Their reputation was cemented when Rolling Stones Records released Brian Jones presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka in 1971, and that reputation continues today.

Tradition says that Jajouka’s music was a gift from Sidi Achmed Sheik, one of the first Islamic missionaries to visit the village and a revered saint whose tomb provides baraka, or healing spiritual power, to the villagers. This syncretic music may also be a survival of the worship of Pan and Astarte, and the rites of the ancient Roman Lupercalia. Each year, the goat-like Bou Jeloud emerges from his cave above the village, lured by the beat of drums and the blare of rhaitas (Moroccan double reed horns) to bring fertility to the village. Led by Bachir Attar, The Master Musicians of Jajouka continue to bring this ancient tradition into the 21st century. They’ve played all over the world, become the most recorded act in the Islamic world, appeared in multiple films, and welcomed a host of luminaries to their village – from Ornette Coleman and William S. Burroughs to Mick Jagger and Talvin Singh.

The Master Musicians of Jajouka play a variety of folk, ancient and newly written musical pieces on traditional, locally made instruments. Many of the compositions in their extensive repertoire are unique to the Attar family and their traditions in Jajouka. Boujeloudia, the rights of the “father of skins,” Boujeloud, is performed in the village during the week long festival during the Aïd el–Kebir. Hamza oua Hamzine, their oldest and most complex musical number, was played by the Jajouka Masters for the Sultan, both in his palace and on the battle field, for centuries. The Hadrasummons the spiritual energy of the holy saint buried in Jajouka, Sidi Ahmed Sheikh, who is said to have blessed the Attar family and their music with baraka and the power to heal people of mental and physical illness.


Chie Mukai is a female Japanese composer and musician, best known for her underground improv-folk group Ché-SHIZU. She has been involved in improvised performance since 1975, when she participated in the East Bionic Symphonia group, a graduation project for students of Takehisa Kosugi at the Bigakko art school in Tokyo. Her primary instrument is the bowed Chinese er-hu, although she is also a vocalist, and plays piano and percussion. Every year she organizes the Perspective Emotion mixed media arts festival in Tokyo. She has been frequently collaborating with Kenya Kawaguchi, Masayoshi Urabe, Seiichi Yamamoto since 2010

Chie Mukai bandcamp page here

"Een 4000 jaar oude rock'n'rollband.” - William S. Burroughs

The Master Musicians Of Jajouka groeiden uit tot een icoon van de tegencultuur toen Brian Jones van de Rolling Stones toegaf dat zelfs hij zich geradbraakt voelde na een paar dagen op het festival in hun kleine dorp aan de voet van het Marokkaanse Rifgebergte, waar hij hun concerten kwam opnemen. Hun reputatie werd bestendigd door de release van Brian Jones presents the Pipes of Pan at Jajouka op Rolling Stones Records in 1971, en is tot op vandaag onverminderd.

Volgens de overlevering was deze muziek een cadeau van Sidi Achmed Sheik, één van de eerste islamistische missionarissen die het dorpje Jajouka bezocht en wiens graf de dorpelingen voorzag van baraka, helende spirituele kracht. De syncretische muziek zou ook wortelen in de aanbidding van Pan: volgens de legende verscheen de ‘geitman’ Bou Jeloud eens per jaar vanuit zijn grot boven het dorp om vruchtbaarheid te brengen, aangelokt door tromgeroffel en het blatende geluid van de rhaita, een traditioneel blaasinstrument. De groep voert dit ritueel jaarlijks opnieuw uit. Aangevoerd door Bachir Attar brachten The Master Musicians Of Jajouka hun muzikale traditie de 21ste eeuw binnen. Ze traden op over de hele wereld, vormen binnen de islamitische wereld de groep met de meeste opnames, verschenen in verschillende films en verwelkomden een rits aan artistieke vernieuwers in hun dorp – van Ornette Coleman en William S. Burroughs tot Mick Jagger en Talvin Singh.


this event is a collaboration between BOZAR & les ateliers claus