the ancient Sufi trance music of Morocco
While living in Tangier, Brion Gysin, through his friend Mohamed Hamri (painter and folkloreist), discovered the ancient Sufi trance music of the village of Jajouka. He later opened and ran the 1001 Nights restaurant, employeeing the Master Musicians as house band, so that he could hear them play every night. When Rolling Stones lead guitarist Brian Jones came to Morocco, Gysin and Hamri introduced him; Brian Jones wanted to incorporate the sound into the Stones' future recordings, eventually releasing instead the solo record 'Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Jajouka' (1968). Other artists followed the trail to Jajouka, creating a rich inter- or meta-cultural music (Ornette Coleman's 'Dancing in Your Head', 1973, among others).
Visit the Official Website of the Master Musicians of Joujouka for more information.
"Pan, Bou Jeloud, the Father of Skins, dances through the moonlight nights in his village, Joujouka, to the wailing of his hundred Master Musicians. Down in the town, far away by the seaside, you can hear the wild whimper of his oboe-like raitas; a faint breath of panic borne on the wind."
- Tribe Ahl Serif lost Master Musicians of Joujouka/Jajouka film and music from 1972
- Joujouka Interzone premiere Casablanca 29 Oct 2011
- Glastonbury Festival opens to the ancient trance that inspired Brion Gysin (and Brian Jones): the Master Musicians of Joujouka
- Master Musicians of Joujouka open Glastonbury Festival 2011 on Pyramid stage
- Master Musicians of Joujouka collaborate with Jane’s Addiction on “End to the Lies”
- Master Musicians of Joujouka Brian Jones 40th Anniversary Festival movie preview
- Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival June 10-12 2011 Info and Booking
- ‘New Dream Machine Project’
Interviews & Excerpts
- Interview with Terry Wilson, from Here to Go: Planet R-101
- The music of Joujouka
- Brion Gysin interview with Terry Wilson, on Jojouka
- Brion Gysin, from Let the Mice In
- Brion Gysin, The Pipes of Pan, 1964