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The Master Musicians of Jajouka
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The Master Musicians of Jajouka
Genres: World Music, Special Interest, Pop
 
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This is considered the definitive recording of this legendary, historic ensemble. "When this album was recorded, during the summer and fall of 1972, the Master Musicians were confronting the survival struggle head on. B...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: The Master Musicians of Jajouka
Members Wishing: 0
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Label: Genes Records
Release Date: 11/28/1995
Genres: World Music, Special Interest, Pop
Styles: Africa, By Decade, 1960s, 1970s
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 722485300023

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This is considered the definitive recording of this legendary, historic ensemble. "When this album was recorded, during the summer and fall of 1972, the Master Musicians were confronting the survival struggle head on. Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Jajouka had been released the year before and had done little to improve the lot of the community. The musicians were determined to reach an audience in the West and it was decided at the outset that the extended ritual music which was captured by Jones, and which is so overwhelming under a full moon with bonfires blazing, lost much of its power and purpose when transferred to records. Accordingly, the musicians collapsed their long forms (which are rather like infinitely expandable telescopes) and set about putting concise statements of their heritage on tape...the tune 'Jajouka Black Eyes' is a particularly effective example of the spiritual and psychic powers of the rhaitas. Toward the end of the piece one player hits a continuous drone (maintained by circular breathing, in which the musician blows out and breathes in at the same time, storing air in his lungs as if they were bags of a bagpipe) while the other inserts graceful, semi-improvised punctuations. The horns naturally create many partials or overtones and when two or more play together, as here, these almost sub-audible harmonics build stacked celestial structures which seem to be related to ideas of mathematical perfection deriving from ancient Arabic numerology. In fact, one rhaita piece represents 'the perfection of the factors' and would probably tell us a great deal about the sciences of antiquity if we had a Rosetta Stone to help us decipher its meaning." - Robert Palmer
 

CD Reviews

Not as good as the first one
Maxwell Hannibal | Newark, NJ | 03/17/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This is another recording of the Jajouka tribe from northern Morocco. For some reason people think they are Berbers, while in fact they are not. Their music can be found all over the Kingdom, whether it's the Aissawa of the Tafilelt or the Berbers of the High-Atlas. The music itself is hypnotic and transe-inducing. The main instruments used are drums (tbel and bendir) and oboe (ghaita). There is also violin (kamanja) and Berber lute (louthar), but they are only present during short interludes between the main songs. I personally prefer the first recording from Jajouka, which is the classic "Brian Jones presents the Pipes of Pan at Jajouka". when the first one sounded more compact and uniform, this one sounds more artificial and non-uniform: merely a collection of typical Berber sounds. Berber tribes usually use either louthar or kamanja during a jam session, not both at the same time. Also there are few tribes that play the ghaita as their main instrument."