D/B Recommended: The Master Musicians of Jajouka @ HKW Berlin | Saturday, 02.07.2011

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Mick Jagger calls them “one of the most musically inspiring groups still left on the planet” and they have worked with stars such as Talvin Singh, Patti Smith and Bill Laswell.
[audio:Master Musicians of Jajouka – Up To The Sky_Down To The Earth.mp3]The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar, from the Rif mountains in northern Morocco, pass their mystical and inspirational musical tradition down through the generations.

William S. Burroughs – fascinated by an otherworldliness he had sought in vain in the US – saw and heard it as “The world’s only 4,000 year-old rock band”.

The Master Musicians of Jajouka | Before History

Their pre-Islamic ritual music is a combination of highly complex Trance rhythms and catchy woodwind melodies, produced exclusively on traditionally manufactured instruments: Goatskin and ceramic drums, bamboo flutes, double reed instruments and violin-like “kamanchehs”.

Jajouka is an ancient village perched above a long valley in the blue Djebala foothills of the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco. The village is home to the Master Musicians of Jajouka as well as the sanctuary of Saint Sidi Ahmed Sheikh, who came from the East around 800 AD to spread Islam to North Morocco. As founding members of the village of Jajouka, the Attar family maintains one of the oldest and most unique surviving musical traditions known on the planet.

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.

The aftershow party is being taken care of by DJ Dub Gabriel with dance music that blends Post Punk, Dubstep and ancient Trance sounds.

Digital in Berlin highly recommended! We are giving away 2x 2 tickets for The Master Musicians of Jajouka. Just send a mail to win@digitalinberlin.de with “The Master Musicians of Jajouka” as the subject.

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The Master Musicians of Jajouka led by Bachir Attar

Saturday, 02 July 2011 | 21:00 CET
Haus der Kulturen der Welt | John-Foster-Dulles-Allee 10 | 10557 Berlin/Mitte

www.hkw.de | http://www.jajouka.com
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