The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar

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The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar
Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar 2011
Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar 2011
Background information
OriginJajouka, Morocco
GenresWorld,
Sufi music of Morocco
Years active1990s–present
LabelsRolling Stones Records, Adelphi, Axiom, Womad, PolyGram, Jajouka Records Inc.
Associated actsThe Master Musicians of Joujouka
WebsiteJajouka.com
MembersSee: Members

The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar (sometimes written as ...featuring Bachir Attar) are a collective of Jbala Sufi trance musicians, serving as a modern representation of a centuries-old music tradition.[1] The collective includes musicians from the village of Jajouka (sometimes spelled as Joujouka or Zahjouka), in the Rif Mountains of northern Morocco. Most members are the sons of previous members, and adopt the surname Attar ("perfume maker").[1]

History[edit]

The original Master Musicians of Joujouka were first documented by Western journalists in the early 1950s.[2] In the early 1990s, the collective split into two factions, as first reported by visiting musician Lee Ranaldo.[3] One collective retained the name "The Master Musicians of Joujouka". Meanwhile, the faction led by Bachir Attar, whose father had led the group in the late 1960s, took on the name "The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar".[4] Bachir Attar's group attracted protests at concerts in the United Kingdom,[5] and international journalists noted that the schism created discord in the collective's home village.[6][7] Other journalists and fans conceded that both groups were working to preserve their ancient musical heritage.[8]

Bachir Attar's group released the album Apocalypse Across the Sky in 1992, produced by Bill Laswell.[9] Jajouka Between the Mountains followed in 1996, produced by Tchad Blake;[10] and Master Musicians of Jajouka Featuring Bachir Attar, produced by Talvin Singh, was released in 2000.[11] Their most recent album, The Road to Jajouka, was released in 2014 and featured guest appearances by Ornette Coleman, John Medeski, Flea, DJ Logic, Lee Ranaldo, Bill Laswell, and many others.[12][13]

Members[edit]

Current
  • Bachir Attar
  • Mustapha Attar
  • Mohamed "Hadj" Attar
  • Amin Attar
  • Mohamed Attar The Mohkadem
  • Mohamed Attar Berdouz Jr.
  • Hamido Attar
  • Abdellah Bohkzar
  • Mokhtar Jaghdal
  • Abdelzarak "Hadj" Attar
  • Bouker Talha
  • Ahmed el Ballouti
  • Ahmed Bahkat
Former
  • Larbi Hlalli Attar
  • Abdellah Bokzar
  • Tahir Bokzar
  • Abdeslam Bokzar
  • Mohamed El Hatmi
  • Ali Maidoubi
  • Ali Nachat

Discography[edit]

  • Apocalypse Across the Sky (1992)
  • Jajouka Between the Mountains (1996)
  • Master Musicians of Jajouka Featuring Bachir Attar (2000)
  • Jajouka Live Vol. 1 (2009)
  • The Road to Jajouka (2014)

Film soundtracks and compilation albums[edit]

  • Ornette: Made in America (1985, film sound track appearance)
  • The Sheltering Sky (1990, film soundtrack and film appearance)
  • Naked Lunch (1991, film soundtrack appearance)
  • Lost in the Translation: Axiom Ambient (1994)
  • The Cell (2000, film soundtrack appearance with The London Philharmonic Orchestra)
  • Time's Up Live (2001)
  • Along Came Polly (2004, film soundtrack appearance)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Master Musicians of Jajouka | Biography & History". AllMusic. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  2. ^ Gerber, Suzanne (2015-06-12). "Inside the Oldest, Most Exclusive Dance Party in the World". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  3. ^ Ranaldo, Lee (August 1996). "Into The Mystic: Lee Ranaldo's Jajouka Journal". The Wire (150). Archived from the original on 24 November 2006.
  4. ^ "No Stone unturned". The Independent. 1995-07-21. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  5. ^ Strauss, Neil (1995-10-12). "The Pop Life". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  6. ^ "The Master Musicians of Joujouka: The Faded Myth of the Goat-God - Qantara.de". Qantara.de - Dialogue with the Islamic World. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  7. ^ "Past masters". The National. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  8. ^ "The Quietus | Features | Afrosonic | Jajouka Or Joujouka? The Conflicted Legacy Of The Master Musicians". The Quietus. Retrieved 2020-05-28.
  9. ^ Apocalypse Across the Sky - The Master Musicians of Jajouka | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2020-06-12
  10. ^ Jajouka Between the Mountains - The Master Musicians of Jajouka | Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2020-06-12
  11. ^ The Master Musicians of Jajouka Featuring Bachir Attar - The Master Musicians of Jajouka | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic, retrieved 2020-06-12
  12. ^ Gama, Raul da (2014-04-26). "The Master Musicians of Jajouka: The Road To Jajouka". World Music Report. Retrieved 2020-06-12.
  13. ^ Jazz, All About. "Ornette Coleman / Bachir Attar / The Master Musicians of Jajouka: Ornette Coleman / Bachir Attar / The Master Musicians of Jajouka:The Road to Jajouka album review @ All About Jazz". All About Jazz. Retrieved 2020-06-12.

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