the master musicians of joujouka

Joujouka Black Eyes

Recorded by Frank Rynne




The Master Musicians of Joujouka come from the Rif mountains of Morocco. They are one of the best sufi music players of the world. Frank Rynne was there for months. The result is two unique records with the real thing. This first is something to do with the day-by-day life - a very intimist mood. The second - released in 1996 will be about the (almost pagan) ritual of Boujeloud.

Here - the musicians play a lot on small bamboo flutes and finger tap their drums for practice, for pleasure and to relax after food. This is a very different sound from the one usually expected from Joujouka. All the circular breathing techniques, drum and melody patterns are used but the sound is trance, mellow, and incredibly uplifting. One of the great moments is an incredible track called Brahim Jones (very stoned) - written by their Master of Ceremonies Hamri in the praise of the last coming of Brian Jones...

"Once a strange boy from the Greatest Rock'N'Roll Band In The World visited Joujouka. He proved to be the catalyst for the ongoing interest in the music of the village. Hamri brought him there because he hoped something positive and serious would come of it for The Master Musicians and for the village.Those adventures lead to the album "Brian Jones Presents The Pipes of Pan at Joujouka". The album is lasting testimony to a mass collaboration between a motley crew of delinquent artists: Bowles, Burroughs, Hamri, Gysin, Jones, and the individual musicians of Joujouka. The rock remains. The music of Joujouka is still one of the most liberating of musics, a secret message to the soul at a time when the soul has been effectively discredited by conservative forces. The time for the music of joujouka has assuredly arrived."

"This is the purest music I've never heard and
maybe the funkiest too!"
(Frank Rynne)


01 Eyi El Arabi - My Brother And My Love 2:40
02 Joujouka Yei Cahilihown - Joujouka Black Eyes 5:20
03 Hosemik - Pull Up Your Belt And Dance 2:40
04 M'Dahai - The Clapping 4:52
05 Brian Jones - Brahim Jones Joujouka Very Stoned 3:00
06 Liallah Mohamed - Mohamed My Prophet 4:10
07 Ana Ye Ela - Make Me Happy, My Love 2:10
08 Jewash L'Halal - Allah Hali - Liallah Umi 4:52
09 Saudia Jibiliaya - Saudia, Girl Of The Mountain 2:44
10 Seeri Seeri D'Bah Farrush Rabi - Go, God
Must Bless You 6:54
11 A Wedding In Joujouka, October 1994 0:42
12 El Faruk Saib - It's Hard To Leave Someone 5:24
13 Le Hegera Saiyba - Sharbuni 6:05
14 Yehabti Oli Helalam - Come Back Home My Darling 2:50
15 Joujouka Beli Jibel - Joujouka (Ice) Between
The Mountains 3:40
16 Abladi Abin Hassan - My Country Abin Hassan 3:30