September 12, 2010

Apocalypse Across the Sky - The Master Musicians of Jajouka

Live document from 1991, with Bachir Attar at the helm. Massed ghaitas, percussion, call and response all making a righteous racket.

Jajouka perches above a long valley in the blue Djebala foothills of the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco. The music and secrets of Jajouka have been passed down through generations from father to son, by some accounts for as long as 1,300 years. Some writers have connected elements of Jajouka’s musical traditions to Ancient Greek and Phoenician ceremonies. Burroughs extravagantly dubbed the Master Musicians of Jajouka a “4000 year old rock band.”


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