Friday, September 5, 2014

The Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival explored by The Independent UK. Nov 2014 and June 2015 Booking now open!

Paul Trynka, former editor of Mojo and Q and author of the definitive biographies of David Bowie, Iggy Pop and now Brian Jones has written a major feature review on the Beat in Morocco featuring his experiences at The Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival.

The house where Brian Jones stayed in Joujouka. Photo by Paul Trynka.
As evening falls, the musicians walk into the tent in formal, almost military robes. From the first beat the music is arresting, melodies carried by seven or eight rhaita, oboe-like pipes – the pipes of Pan – flanked by five or six drummers playing tbel, primitive military-style drums. Pipers play a call and response; over the next five or six hours, then three successive nights, I hear hundreds of melodies, some surely blues or folk, some impossibly alien, while the drums boom out relentlessly hypnotic polyrhythms. The volume is overwhelming – your ears ring, your brain shakes, your teeth rattle. I've lost all consciousness of time, when suddenly a new energy fills the air – a goat-skinned apparition leaps on stage and the pipes distort into a rush of noise, like a Jimi Hendrix guitar solo. Bou Jeloud dances across the tent, shaking his hips in front of the musicians, who sweat with the intensity of their work. The little goat-skinned creature taunts musicians and crowd, brandishing olive branches, swiping young women and occasional unwary men.
It's a provocative, powerful performance. But it's fragile and endangered, too. "

"Morocco: Follow the sound of the Beats" by Paul Trynka published in The Independent UK 6 Sept 2014 online version 5 Sept 2014 Paul Trynka Morocco: Follow the sound of the Beats
 Booking for the Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 5-7 June 2015 with drop off on the morning of the 8th June is open at

Booking for a special Burroughs 100 night on 15 November , food accomadation and a full performence of Boujeloud in advance of the European Beat Networks Conference 17-19 Nov Hotel Chellah Tangier celebrating Burroughs is open at
The full program for the European Beat Studies Network Conference in Tangier 17-19 Nov at Hotel Chellah  is available on their website

Paul Trynka whose new biography of Brian Jones 'Sympathy For The Devil' (Transworld) costs £20 ( 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Burroughs 100 Joujouka Boujeloud 15 Nov before European Beat Network Conference in Tangier Burroughs100 Nov 2014

In prelude to the European Beat Networks Conference which, this year honors William S Burroughs in his centenary year the Master Musicians of Joujouka will perform a special Burroughs100 event in their village  featuring Boujeloud on Sat 15 November. The price includes pick up and return to Ksar El Kebir, meals and accommodation for one night in the village. If you are not on a mailing list email for more details. Use Paypal Button below to pay 100 euro.

Article on the festival by Paul Trynka in The Independent 

Friday, June 27, 2014

One for the early birds official booking opens 31 June 2014 MMOJFestival2015

For the early birds official booking opens 31 June 2014.

Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 5-7 June 2015

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Video of Boujeloud at Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 2013

 The Sonic Masters in total drone mode. We have put a new video up on our youtube channel shot by Marek Pytel of Reality Films at the Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 2013. This 5 min edit of hours long performance serves as a teaser and a taster. It features some serious drone sonics. Enjoy and please share. It features from the fraternity of The Master Musicians of Joujouka,
Ahmed El Attar, Abdeslam Rrtoubi, Abdellah Ziyat, Ahmed Talha, El Touhami Talha, Ali Ezouglai, Mustapha El Attar, El Khalil Radi, Mohamed Mokhchan, Mohamed El Attar,and Mohamed El Hatmi (Boujeloud).

Reality Films
Master Musicians of Joujouka

Monday, May 19, 2014

LA Review of Books feature on Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival

Artist Piper Mavis has written a report of the Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival and the quest for the haunts of the Beats and the Rolling Stones in Morocco."As the flames licked the inky night sky and the music reached a feverish frenzy, Bou Jeloud himself, the North African Pan-like spirit, seemingly emerged from the fire. As we watched him dance and taunt the fire, the musicians, and the audience, I couldn’t help but believe that there is such a thing as sacred music" Read Piper Mavis's full article  A Visit with the Master Musicians of Joujouka
The Master Musicians of Joujouka all rights Piper Mavis

Booking for the last few places for this years festival is available on

Saturday, November 2, 2013

3 Photo essays by Sunny Suits and 1 by Arian Fariborz photographers and writers inspired at Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 2013

American artist Sunny Suits
Sunny Suits Urban magazine Tangier see page 59

On Dazed and Confused online

Le Festsival Joujouka vu Sunny Suits in Liberation Weekend

Master Musicians of Joujouka by Arian Fariborz

Arian Fariborz has a photo essay from the 2013 Master Musicians of Joujouka up on Arian has previously written on Joujouka and included a chapter on Joujouka and a long interview with manager Frank Rynne in his 2010 book Rock The Kasbah Popmusik und Moderen inm Orient

The "Master Musicians of Joujouka": Straddling East and West

Booking for Master Musiicans of Joujouka Festival 2014 20-22 June Booking Now

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

10.5 Sat. エキゾ夢紀行 ジャジューカ2013!渋谷UPLINK FACTORY

If you are in Tokyo 5 Oct there is a night in honour of Master Musicians of Joujouka with talks and films at UPLINK Factory

おなじみ渋谷UPLINK FACTORYでのエキゾ夢紀行。今度はモロッコのジャジューカ編!

最新機材で撮影された貴重なジャジューカの最新映像と音響をたっぷりお楽しみ頂けます! アップリンクの大スクリーンと立体音響スピーカーで体感するジャジューカに東京都民もトランス必至デス!

出演:サラーム海上 (よろずエキゾ風物ライター/DJ)
ゲスト:赤塚りえ子 (現代美術家)

料金:¥2,000 (1ドリンク付き)
日時:2013年10月5日(土) 18:30開場/19:00開演
東京都渋谷区宇田川町37-18 トツネビル1-2F
tel. 03-6825-5503

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 20-22 June 2014 booking is now open

The Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 20-22 June 2014 Booking is now open.
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Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 20-22 June 2014

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 14-16 June 2013 last places booking now

The last few places for the Master Musiicans of Joujouka Festival 14-16 June 2013 are booking now at

Since 2008, the annual festival at Joujouka has taken place in June every summer and offers a unique opportunity to spend three days with the Master Musicians. Unlike any other, ours is a true micro-festival which has received rave coverage from Mojo, The GuardianLiberationthe BBCAl Jazeera and The Irish Times.

Our concept

The Festival is all about offering a very small group of people the opportunity to live in Joujouka with the Masters as your hosts and experience the music in the village and spectacular landscape in which it belongs. People who speak French, Arabic and English and who have long, strong connections with the village are on hand to answer questions and make you feel as at home as possible.
Because of the nature of the Festival, numbers have to be strictly limited to 50 people and this means it’s essential to book early if you want to have this incredible experience.

Flying to Morocco

If you’re only coming to Morocco for the Festival, the easiest thing to do is to fly to Tanger and take the train from Tanger Ville, a short taxi ride from the centre of Tanger. A taxi from Tanger to Joujouka costs 100 MAD.
Should you be travelling in Morocco, Fez and Casablanca are four hours from El Ksar El Kebir, the nearest town to Joujouka, by train. Marrakesh is eight hours. Don’t fly to Agadir – there are no direct train connections.

Getting to Joujouka

We collect you at El Ksar El Kebir train station and return you when the festival is over. The station is around an hour from Joujouka.
The Moroccan train service is actually pretty good and very cheap. You can find train times at, the website of the national rail network.

How long is the festival?

Due to high demand, we only offer three-day tickets for the full festival but if you really want to experience Joujouka and can only come for a shorter period of time, contact us and we’ll see what we can do.

What the ticket price includes

The Masters play for you and the village every night of the Festival on the stage which was purpose built for them and they spend most of the days playing. Music is part of the fabric of Joujouka and the essence of your experience.
Your ticket includes transport from the railway station, three nights’ accommodation in the Masters’ homes, all your meals and drinks for the three days of the festival and breakfast on the day you leave. Alcohol is strictly prohibited.
All accommodation arrangements will be made for you well before you arrive in Joujouka and, don’t worry, you won’t be sharing a room with strangers.
One of the great treats of the Festival is the opportunity to enjoy home cooked Moroccan food, which is delicious. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, no problem. Your hosts will often prepare snacks, which are meals in themselves.

Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Gysin Dreamachine launch Sat 24 in London with Daevid Allen, Rikki Stein and Terry Wilson ably assited in vibes by Howard Marks and Frank Rynne