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

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Brion Gysin Dreamachine launch London 24 Nov with two new Joujouka films

Saturday 24th November 2012


“We must storm the citadels of enlightenment the means are at hand” William S. Burroughs

The UK launch of the first ever bespoke Brion Gysin Dreamachine

The dreamachine is a stroboscopic flicker device you view with your eyes closed that produces visual stimuli and hallucinations.
Gysin believed that by offering the world a drugless high the invention could revolutionize human consciousness.

The night will include talks, film, music and Dreamachines!

Terry Wilson | Ian MacFadyen | Rikki Stein | Steve Finbow

Robert Hampson Music for Dreamachines installation
Fritz Catlin / Skintologists ex 23 Skidoo DJ set
Stewart Home's aural document - "Simulated LSD trip in a Lithuanian Forest" and a personal broadcast on Brion Gysin
Akoustik Timbre Frekuency

> Aphex Twin's Stakker Westworld from Marek Pytel and Reality Film
> Master Musicians of Joujouka new films
> FLicKeR :: A Film By Nik Sheehan
featuring Marianne Faithfull, DJ Spooky, The Stooges, Iggy Pop, Lee Ranaldo, Genesis P-Orridge,
John Giorno, Floria Sigismondi, and Kenneth Anger, Terry Wilson and others.
> 1960s Antony Balch film
featuring Ian Sommerville, Brion Gysin, William Burroughs, Alexander Trocchi Jean-Jacques Lebel
with live soundtrack mix by Frank Rynne
> James B L Hollands's Telepathy 101 from hard drive as it flickers with a 60 frame per second intensity!

Modern Panic III @ Apiary Studios
Saturday 24th November 2012
8pm - Late

458 Hackney Road, London E2 9EG
Limited Tickets Available - NOW ON SALE!

“The Dreamachine is an aid to visionary experience” Aldous Huxley

First shown in 1962 the Dreamachine was invented in Paris by painter and visionary Brion Gysin, who also invented the Cut-Up method of writing for William S. Burroughs and a young Cambridge scholar Ian Sommerville. In Paris they lived at run down hotel which became known as The Beat Hotel as it was home to Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs and a host of Beatnik experimenters.

The Dreamachine was the first artwork intended to be viewed with the eyes closed. The Dreamachine is a cylindrical spinning device with a light which emits Alpha waves which cause changes in the brain to produce sensory changes, swirling colour patterns and intense dreams.

Over the past 50 it has been used by William Burroughs, Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, John Giorno, Paul McCartney, Marilyn Manson, Laurie Anderson, Keith Haring, Allen Ginsberg, Ira Cohen, Iggy Pop, Marianne Faithfull, Kenneth Anger, Beck, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and countless other artists and hipsters.

In 2012 the first ever mass produced models have been created. At the Toronto launch in October 2012 Booker prize winners Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje and John Geiger where the guests of honour.  We will be launching the UK première of the dreamachines at Modern Panic III - Join us!

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Robert Hampson's Alpha

The UK première of music designed for the Dreamachine experience comprises three 23 min pieces by the former Loop frontman and currently working as Main and Robert Hampson  This will be a music installation with Dreamachines.

Fritz Catlin / Skintologists
Former 23 Skidoo percussion master DJs his favourite chill out funky rhythms for Dreamachines

Akoustik Timbre Frekuency P23
provides music and video for Dreamachines

UN new remixes featuring Brion Gysin


Ian MacFadyenco-editor, with Oliver Harris, of Naked Lunch @50: Anniversary Essays, published in 2009. Sections from his text Codename Burroughs were published in English and German versions in 2012 to accompany the exhibition The Name Is Burroughs: Expanded Media at the ZKM, Karlsruhe. His other published work includes Point Of No Return: To The Memory Of Joan Burroughs (2009) and Ira Cohen’s Photographs: A Living Theatre (2000).

Rikki Stein Stein put on Jimi Hendrix’s first European tour in 1968. He moved to Joujouka Morocco in 1970. He was a friend of Brion Gysin’s and William Burroughs and organised the first international tour of Master Musicians of Joujouka in 1980 before going on to manage Fela Kuti. He was part of the production team of the hit Broadway musical 'Fela! and executive producer of 'Fela! Back to Africa.

Stewart Home Aural documents  : "Simulated LSD trip in a Lithuanian Forest" and a personal broadcast on Brion Gysin

Steve Finbow 
on "Gysin and Ginsberg: sexual and textual politics in the Beat Hotel."

FLicKeR :: A Film By Nik Sheehan
Featuring Marianne Faithfull, DJ Spooky, The Stooges, Iggy Pop, Lee Ranaldo, Genesis P-Orridge,
John Giorno, Floria Sigismondi, and Kenneth Anger, Terry Wilson and More

Tribe Ahl Serif (1972 restored 2012)
Preview premiere of the  a recently restored music documentary shot in June 1972 in the village of Joujouka featuring Master Musicians of Joujouka dirJohn Anthony unseen movie made in 1972,

Joujouka (2012) by Daragh McCarthy
edited by Ronan O'Muirgheasa shot at the Brian Jones 40th Anniversary Festival in the village in 2008. Preview

On Going Guerrilla Conditions (1960-62) by Antony Balch53 minutes of rare black and white film by Antony Balch of William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Alexander Trocchi, etc shot in Paris, New York, London and Tangier between 1960 and 1962 with live soundtrack by Islamic Diggers founder Frank Rynne.

Stakker Westword Stakker/Marek Pytel/Reality Film which features a special soundtrack by Aphex Twin.
Edit available

James B L Hollands's Telepathy 101 from hard drive as it flickers with a 60 frame per second intensity!!
James B.L. Hollands is a video artist, musician and writer who currently lives in London. His work has shown at the Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery and Liverpool Biennial as well as numerous squats of equal importance.

Special Presentation

Terry Wilson
Special Presentation for services to the oeuvre to our guest of honour!
co-author, with Brion Gysin, of Here To Go: Planet R-101. First published in 1982, this seminal book on the life and work of Brion Gysin has been published in a number of editions. Terry Wilson’s other books include Dreams of Green Base (1986), ‘D’ Train (1985), and Perilous Passage (2005). DAYS LANE: Extracts From The Scattering Course was published in 2009.

Films :

Among the highlights will be two premières of films featuring Morocco’s legendary Sufi trance artists The Master Musicians of Joujouka who were brought to Western attention by Gysin. Tribe Ahl Serif is an unseen movie made in 1972, while the second is a film by Daragh McCarthy shot at the Brian Jones 40th Anniversary Festival in the village in 2008.

The 2008 documentary of the Dreamachine FlicKer by Nik Sheehan featuring Marianne FaithfullDJ SpookyThe StoogesIggy PopLee RenaldoGenesis P-OrridgeJohn GiornoFloria Sigismondi, Terry Wilson and Kenneth Anger.

Other film highlights include, 53 minutes of rare black and white film by Antony Balch of William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Alexander Trocchi, etc shot in Paris, New York, London and Tangier between 1960 and 1962 and Marek Pytel’s Stakker Westword which features a special soundtrack by Aphex Twin.

Talks & Spoken Word :
Ian McFadyen, Stewart Home, Rikki Stein, while Burroughs and Gysin collaborator Terry Wilson will be on hand to receive a special award to acknowledge his contribution to the wild experimentation of the Paris beat nexus.

Music :
Musical highlights include the UK premiere of  Robert Hampson’s Alpha a suite of three 23 minute long pieces by the former main man of Loop and currently working both as Main and as a solo artist,  former 23 Skidoo sound artist and master percussionist Fritz Catlin of the Skintologists will be DJing, Frank Rynne (Islamic Diggers and producer of Master Musicians of Joujouka will create a live soundtrack to the Antony Balch Burroughs film,Akoustik Timbre Frekuency provide film and Music for The Dreamachine while other contributions include new remixes of Brion Gysin by Argentinean based UN.

Can't wait until 24th November ? Dreamachines are available now from : 
Profits help support The Master Musicians of Joujouka

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The oldest Master Musician Mallim Ali Abdeslam El Attar passes away

Mallim Ali Abdeslam El Attar, the oldest Master Musician passed away today at 9.30 am in Joujouka. Mallim Ali was 103 years old. He was the last surviving Master Musician who had played at Hamri and Brion Gysin's 1001 Nights in Tangier form 1954, and in the 1960s he played for Brian Jones recording the seminal Brian Jones presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka. He also recorded for Ornette Coleman and was leader of the Master Musicians of Joujouka in the 1980s.
 His nephew Ahmed El Attar is the current leader of Master Musicians of Joujouka.
He will be missed by all the people of Joujouka.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Dreamachines available now

For the first time in a half century, 500 Limited Edition Dreamachines based on Brion Gysin’s original specifications are now available.

Designed in Canada, The Dreamachine also functions as a stationary Table Lamp. It is made of museum quality Stainless Steel, with North American or European electrical adaptation, rotating at 78rpm / 10hz corresponding with Alpha Brainwaves. Product details here.

At this time, Dreamachines are only available through distributed internationally by Innovative Integrated Solutions. Shipping details here

Please with your Questions.
Not for use by children and not for use by people with problems associated with flicker or flash photography eg epileptics.
Dreamachine US or European
Note that buying directly from Master Musicians of Joujouka websites helps the Master Musicians of Joujouka and  the village through a substantial donation from Brion Gysin Dreamachine.

Choose either US/Canada or Europe on drop down menu below
Price $399 plus $50 shipping USA and Canada
$399 plus $150 shipping to all other places ie Japan, Europe, Australia etc etc ie The Rest of the World Note there are two options either 110v or 240v .
Not for sale to under 18 year olds and see disclaimer regarding usage and medical

Dreamachines 4 options globally
Currently out of stock

Product Specifications, returns policy, disclaimer and warning
Dreamachine Size: 7″ x 7″ x 26″ Inches (18cm x 18cm x 66cm)
Shipping Size: -” x -” x -” Inches (-cm x -cm x -cm)
Shipping Weight: 11.4 Pounds (5.2kg)
Material:  Brushed Stainless Steel
North American Voltage: 110v AC (United States, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Brazil, Venezuela, Equador, Peru, West Indies, Japan)
Global Voltage: Voltage: 240v AC (European Union, Russia, Australia, Africa, China, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile)
The bulb required is an incandescent light bulb with E27 (Edison 27 mm) male screw base and is not included with the product.
MONEY BACK GUARANTEE offers a THIRTY (30) day money-back guarantee on all products, effective from the date of purchase. This guarantee is subject to the condition that the product has not been subjected to unauthorized repair or abuse, and that ALL original components are returned in the original packaging.
RETURNS ARE TO BE MADE TO THE ORIGINAL PLACE OF PURCHASE (retail store, online retailer, etc.). If a unit was purchased directly from, please contact by telephone, toll-free @             1-855-866-1850       for instructions prior to returning the unit for refund. All products must be received and inspected by prior to issuing a refund.
NOTE: Money-back guarantee applies ONLY to the actual purchase price paid for any product; SHIPPING AND HANDLING COSTS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.
WARRANTY warrants, subject to the conditions set forth below, that should any product be defective by reason of improper workmanship or material during the specified warranty period, will repair the same effecting all necessary parts replacements, without charge for either parts or labour ONE (1) Year from the date of original purchase.
1. Unauthorized Repair, Abuse, Etc.: The unit must not have been previously altered, modified, repaired or serviced by anyone other than The serial number on the unit must not have been altered or removed. The unit must not have been subject to accident, misuse, abuse, or operated contrary to the instructions contained in the Owner’s Guide. Should the unit be used for commercial purposes or rental,’s standard warranty shall not apply and be voided.
2. Proper Delivery: Before returning the unit for repair or replacement, please contact by telephone, toll-free @             1-855-866-1850       for a Return Authorization Number and shipping instructions. The unit must be shipped to in either its original package or similar package affording an equal degree of protection and with instructions indicating an address to which the repaired unit must be returned. Defective accessories should be returned to as a separate repair item. The repaired unit or accessory will be returned to customer freight prepaid. Service inquiries should be directed to the above telephone numbers.
REPLACEMENT POLICY: Prior to a replacement unit being shipped, a credit card number will be required to ensure defective products are returned to If the defective product is not returned within 2 weeks of delivery of the replacement, the customer’s credit card will be charged for the cost of the replacement unit.
3. Proof of Date of Purchase: This warranty applies to the product from the original date of purchase. Therefore, the owner must furnish proof of original purchase with either invoice or receipt.
The Dreamachine device is intended for mood lighting and entertainment purposes only. Only operate if you are 18 years of age or older and use at your own risk. If use causes persistent headache, nausea, or a ‘stinging’ sensation in the eyes, or any adverse reaction, discontinue use.
Do not use if you have a light sensitivity, including as a result of taking medication or herbal supplements such as antibiotics or St. John’s wort or having corrective laser eye surgery within the last 30 days, or if you suffer from one of the following medical conditions associated with light sensitivity: visual photosensitivity, macular degeneration, epilepsy, seizures, brain damage, concussion, mental health problems or other neurological problems, pacemaker, porphyria, cardiac arrhythmia, heart disease, or if you are pregnant. Do not use if you have been diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, a mood disorder or a sleep disorder, or if you are taking medication for the treatment of depression or a mood disorder, including but not limited to antidepressant medication.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

On the occasion of Aid al-Adha the Master Musicians of Joujouka wish you Happy Aid Mubarak

Joujouka by and © herman vanaershot  all rights reserved

بمناسبة عيد الاضحى المبارك مجموعة زهجوكة تتمنى لكم عيد مبارك سعيد و كل عام و أنتم بألف خير
On the occasion of Aid al-Adha the Master Musicians of Joujouka wish you Happy Aid Mubarak 

and every year you have good health

Friday, September 21, 2012

Brion Gysin Dreamachine Canadian launch 10.11.12

Attention all our friends in Ontario
Brion Gysin Dreamachine launch 
Event: Dreamachine Official Canadian Release
Location: The Gladstone Hotel Art Gallery 2nd Floor 1214 Queen Street Toronto Canada
Date & Time: Thursday 11th October 2012, 7-11pm

Sunday, July 29, 2012

Major photo feature on Master Musicians of Joujouka Brian Jones 40th Anniversary Festival 2008

Kings of the Stone Age by Mark Paytress and photos by Jill Furmanovsky

This is an amazing 11 page photo feature on the Master Musicians of Joujouka Brian Jones 40th Anniversary Festival held in Joujouka on this day in 2008. Words are by Rolling Stone's expert Mark Paytress and photos by global legend Jill Furmanovsky.  Click link to read PDF, print or download.

Booking for the 2013 edition is open now on Master Musicans of Joujouka &quot;Kings of the Stone Age&quot; Photos Jill Furmanovsky words Mark P...

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Master Musicians of Joujouka feature in The Wire 1995

Article by Chris Campion in The Wire 1995 on the Master Musicians of Joujouka and Master Musicians of Jajouka featuring Bachir Attar

Brian Jones recorded Master Musicians of Joujouka LP 44 years ago today

Cover of the promotion press package  for Brian Jones presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka (Rolling Stones Records 1971)
On July 29th July 1968 Mohamed Hamri brought Brian Jones, Brion Gysin, Brian's girlfriend Suki Potier, Olympic Studios recording engineer George Chkiantz and a select group to his native village for a recording session that would influence the lives of hundreds of villagers and 10s of thousands of music lovers. The resulting LP was released in 1971 2 years after Brian Jones' death on Rolling Stones records. It was the first release on the Rolling Stones own label. Having witnessed the Master Musiicans playing their strongest Brian said
"I don't know if I have the stamina incredible constant strain of the Festival".

 Brian died in July 1969, Suki Poiter died in a tragic car accident with her husband in 1982, Brion Gysin died in July 1986, Mohamed Hamri in 2000 and the last Master still alive who played on the recording is Mallim Ali El Attar who is 102 years old.
In 2008 Master Musicians of Joujouka celebrated the 40th Anniversary of Brian Jones's recording with a festival in their village. It has been running ever since in his honor and in honor of the traditions of the village.
The festival since 2009 has been moved to June to avoid the likely 40 degree temperatures in late July. Booking for 2013 festival is available  To ensure a place book now. 

Saturday, July 14, 2012

A Musical Mecca Irish Times on Master Musicians 2012 Festival

Click on image below to read article Words by Kevin Barrington images by Herman Vanaershot 

The Irish Times Magazine
14 Jul 2012

Or read here

A musical mecca

GO MOROCCO : A small festival in the foothills of Morocco’s Rif mountains has become a place of sonic pilgrimage for artists, thrill-seekers and rock stars, writesKEVIN BARRINGTON 
ARRIVING IN THE village of Joujouka in the foothills of Morocco’s Rif mountains, it’s easy to see that electricity and mobile phones are relatively recent arrivals while running water has yet to make an appearance. Far less discernible, however, is the fact that the village is a musical Mecca, a place of pilgrimage for artists, oddballs, thrill-seekers and sonic subversives.
Although it is only a couple of hours drive south of Tangiers, Joujouka is well off the tourist track and home to only a few hundred people. Yet the village’s visitor list reads like a counter-culture’s Who’s Who, featuring a host of such iconic figures as William Burroughs, Brian Jones and Timothy Leary. One of the latest in a long list of those seduced by Joujouka’s charm is Frank Rynne, the former frontman of Irish group The Baby Snakes, who is now a doctoral student of history at Trinity College Dublin.
Rynne became involved with the village’s Sufi trance musicians when the Moroccan painter Hamri introduced him to the place about 20 years ago. He now manages the Master Musicians of Joujouka and for the past five years has been hosting a small annual festival in the village showcasing the group’s talents.
Rynne tries to maintain a balance between providing the musicians with a living and protecting traditional village life from an invasion of hordes of Western hipsters. This year’s festival attracted about 50 guests. “That’s the most people we feel we can have without creating too much chaos and jettisoning the unique intimate charm that brings people back year after year,” he says.
Although there’s stunning scenery, great hospitality and excellent food, Rynne says he is not comfortable with the term “boutique festival”.
“Joujouka is a farming village. It’s pretty basic. We’re certainly not talking chichi here,” he says. If the festival had a programme, it would run like this: a sheep is slaughtered, bread is broken, talk is had and then the musicians kick off until dawn looms and the first cry of the muezzin signals time for bed.
The wild Byzantine sound of the Master Musicians has led to collaborations with the Rolling Stones, jazz experimentalist Ornette Coleman and, more recently, Jane’s Addiction. Rynne brought Billy Corgan of the Smashing Pumpkins to the village to see the group in action. Beat writer and artist Brion Gysin was perhaps the main person responsible for taking the group to a wider audience. “I want to hear that music every day of my life,” Gysin said after he had first heard the Masters in the 1950s. In his book The Process, Gysin paints a vivid picture of the life and sounds of Joujouka at that time. He brought his friend and colleague William Burroughs to listen to the group and he too was enraptured.Burroughs later told Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page that the feeling of energy and exhilaration he experienced at one of Zeppelin’s gigs was similar to what he had felt in Morocco listening to the Masters. Acid guru Timothy Leary shared Burroughs’ enthusiasm for the group’s sound and labelled the Masters a “4,000 year old rock ’n’ roll band”.
Joujouka looks like just a small, poor but idyllic, mountain village. Its true allure, its wild spectral nature, comes alive and makes sense only when the first notes of music ring out. When the Masters start with their pipes and drums — ghiata and tibel — and merge with the braying of donkeys and the chorus of crickets, they form the perfect soundtrack to complement the vast, surprisingly lush vista of the rolling foothills of the Rif Mountains.
When the Masters get into their groove, pumping out astonishing volume with their acoustic instruments, you understand instantly why this is a place of sonic pilgrimage. Like sean nós on the Aran Islands or blues in the Mississippi Delta, this is local history and culture brilliantly captured and conveyed in sound and rhythm.
The pipes scream North Africa with its serpentine souks and bewildering mosaics, while underneath, the drums beat out a hypnotising African rhythm. This is the sound of the Maghreb, underpinned by pure primordial rhythm.
The keen ear catches snatches of all the very best of world music. A little Irish here. A touch of Miles Davis there. A flash of gypsy Balkan. Then the Velvet Underground. And somewhere in a white noise finale there’s a flicker of Radiohead. Anita Pallenberg, a guest at the first year’s festival and former partner of both Brian Jones and Keith Richards, said she particularly loved the group’s “Zeppelin riffs”. When it comes to taking a throbbing circular rhythm and upping the adrenalin-drenched tempo, there isn’t a superstar DJ from Chicago to the Balearics who has anything new to teach the Masters.
At the end of the first night, I complimented musician Ahmed Attar, telling him that he was Islam’s Elvis. The master of the Masters looked quizzically at me and replied: “Shkun Elvis?” Who is Elvis?
The Masters are no strangers to five-hour sets and they tend to kick off where most of the best Western rock ’n’ roll winds up. They take what we know as a few frenzied minutes of encore and carry it on for an hour or more. Finally the audience, assaulted by bass and bewildered by treble, loses itself in ecstatic trance.
The music’s religious origins lie in this saintly sonic bliss. This is Sufi religious transcendence fuelled by pagan passion. According to Gysin, the musicians hold a secret, hidden even from themselves: they practise “the Rites of Pan under the ragged cloak of Islam”. The musicians weave arabesque soundscapes, the intensity building. When the Muezzin’s cry sent the revellers to bed, one guest shook his head in bewilderment: “If the Yanks had any cop on, they would close Gitmo and send the Jihadis to Joujouka and subject them, not to torture, but to this sublime sound.”
Sunday night saw a primordial panoply of fire, magic, dance, beauty, lust and fertility. Forging the most intricate of aural jewellery, the Masters brought the night to a crystalline climax.
Rynne explained that the spiritual power of the music originates with Sidi (saint) Ahmed Sheikh, a learned Persian scholar who brought Islam to northern Morocco around 800AD. The Sufi saint is buried in the village shrine and legend has it that he blessed the music of the Master Musicians giving them the power to heal the sick and the crazy.
To this day, the ill chain themselves to a fig tree in the courtyard of the shrine seeking solace. The Masters then come, play to the infirm and blow their madness away. “Electric shock treatment? Give me this cure any day,” Rynne said.
The group, whose current line-up ranges in age of 40-80 years, has been going for centuries and the skills are passed down from father to son. Their sublime Sufi sound strikes quite a contrast to the popular perception of Islam, which is dominated by the dour Wahhabi sect promoted by Saudi Arabia.
Shattering stereotypes, the Masters opened the Glastonbury festival on the main Pyramid stage last summer with an Islamic blessing before delivering a rousing set of ancient rock ’n’ roll. They then left the stage to younger and less experienced musicians such as U2 who have also cited the Masters as an influence.
Getting there 
The 2013 Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival takes place June 7th-9th with tickets costing €350. Booking is available on The three-night ticket includes the pick up and return to the train station in the nearby town of Ksar El Kebir, music, food, accommodation, soft drinks, bottled water, tea and coffee. Guests stay in the homes of the musicians.
There are no direct flights from Ireland to the north of Morocco. Ryanair fly to Tangier from Paris (Beauvais) and Brussels (Charleroi). Easyjet fly to Tangier from Paris (Charles de Gaulle).
While there are direct flights from Dublin to Agadir, it is some 700km from Ksar El Kebir and there is no direct train service. Scheduled services with Royal Air Maroc operate from Heathrow and
Paris Orly.

Monday, July 2, 2012

The Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 2013 booking now open for 14-16 June 2013.

The Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 2013 booking now open for 14-16 June 2013. 

Sunset through the ancient olive trees at the Sufi shrine pic Frank Rynne

Boujeloud 2012 by Herman Vanaershot
The Master Musicians of Joujouka's annual summer festival began in 2008 with the Master Musicians Brian Jones 40th Anniversary Festival.     
The festival is a true micro festival and has received rave  writes ups  and reports from Mojo, The Guardian, Liberation, BBC with forthcoming pieces from Al Jazeera and The Irish Times.
The ideology of the festival  is to allow a very small group of people the opportunity to hang out and live in the village for a few days with the Master Musicians as their hosts.   Numbers are therefore strictly limited in order to ensure that people have a unique and personal experience in the village and with their individual and collective hosts The Master Musicians of Joujouka. There will be some people on hand who have long connections with the village who speak French, Arabic and English and any questions you have while in the village can be addressed as your comfort and enjoyment is key to the continued success of this truly unique experience.
Afternoon session pic Phil Hostak

Naturally the highlight of the festival is the three days of music and the intimate access to the Masters, the spectacular vistas and the hospitality.

Above Slide show from 2011 Festival "Joujouka Some Stones" by Hermann Vanaerschot click to view

Press from recent years Click on title to go to article

You will be  collected  at EL Ksar El Kebir  train station (see for trian times from all Moroccan cities) on June 8th by prior  arrangement with the festival. Having been collected at the train  station you  will be transported to the village.You will be returned to Ksar El Kebir to meet your connections after the Festival. Due to the high demand for 2013 only  3 day tickets are available. If you wish to come for one or two days please email for rates and availability.

The cave of Boujeloud by Victoria Stephenson 2012

Magara  cave of Boujeloud situated about 1km from the village by Lars Movin  2010 

What is included in ticket price 
The ticket price includes your meals, soft drinks, bottled water, tea, coffee, accommodation and forward and return  transport to the village from Ksar El Kebir  in order to meet your connections .
The Master Musicians will perform each day both informally and with full performances each night. Guests stay with the Master Musicians of Joujouka in their homes.

Lunch 2010 photo by Joachim Montessuis
The food is excellent. We can cater for vegetarians easily and vegans with a far bit of hassle but we do so every year.
Breakfast at the house of Master Musicians leader Ahmed El Attar by Phil Hostak
The festival (ie The Master Musicians and the villagers) provide all  meals. Food is sourced locally.
Friday 14th June  lunch and dinner.
Saturday 15th June  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
16th  Breakfast,  lunch and dinner.
17th. Breakfast and transport to Ksar El Kebir to meet your train or onward connections.

Snacks are available at your host families house as required!!! They may appear to be meals in themselves.

 Figs fresh from the trees in Joujouka 2010 photo Tomas McGrail White
The festival is restricted in numbers of guests to ensure you have a very chilled out and personal experience of life in the village. We provide your bottled water plus tea, coffee. Alcohol is prohibited in the village!!

The House where Brian Jones stayed in 1968 with well and fig trees by Manno Franco 2009
You will accommodated with the family of one of the Master Musicians.

Relaxing in the home of Ahmed Attar pic Syra Trek
Breakfast is served in the house you stay in and you will be accommodated in a room to yourself or with your friends or partner.  Let us know your desired accommodation arrangements when you are contacted after your booking or email before hand if you have any queries. You will not be sharing a room with strangers. 
All your  personal  arrangements will be worked out by email or phone with you before you arrive.

During the day the Master Musicians play in an informal way and   most people hang out as they please at their HQ/house / school while each night the Master Musicians of Joujouka perform  their ritual music.
Inside the courtyard of the  home of Master Musician Abdelslam Errtoubi Photo Lars Movin 2010

The easiest  airport to come from if you are only coming to Morocco for the festival is Tanger with train connections from Tanger Ville ( Taxi costs 100 MAD).  However  Fez and Casablanca are 4 hours train journey from El Ksar El Kebir (Marrakesh is 8 hours) so any airport is good except Agadir which has no direct train connections.

The vista from the grave of Mohamed Hamri by Maki Kita
This year we are facilitating installment payments of 50.You can use the same button to pay a single deposit that will ensure you a reserved place at the festival subject to balance being paid. If you require assistance or further information email

Using the paypal button below you can pay for a full ticket for the 3 day event at €350 or a €50 non refundable deposit or if you have paid a deposit and wish to pay the balance of €300.


Full Balance is payable by 1 March 2013 unless you have made a prior arrangemnet with festival by emailing Deposit will forfeited on cancellation. However if you pay in full before 1 March and cancel on or before 1 March the balance above 50 euros will be returned to you within 7 days.

Master Musicans of Joujouka Festival 14-16 June 2013. Guests will leave morning of 17th.

Master Musicians of Joujouka Mali mal M'Halmaz Everyone is together by MasterMusiciansofJoujouka

Master Musicians of Joujouka Brain Jones 40th Anniversary Festival 2008

Guests chatting after lunch copyright Herman Vanaershot
Post lunch relaxing in the performance tent photo copyright Herman Vanaershot

Boujeloud in the flames, photo by Robert Hampson master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 2010