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Master Musicians of Jajouka – “Primal Energy That Is The Music and Ritual of Jajouka, M, Th” – [Sol Re Sol Records]

cinder   11/25/2011   12-inch, International

Traditional sounds and music from Morocco. Originally recorded in 1972, now on a new vinyl pressing from an SS Records off shoot, Sol Re Sol. What you have are mind trancing horns and drums. The rhaitas, which are double reed horns, are played by only 2 players, one blowing a solid drone by blowing in and out at the same time, while the other plays the leads. The singing is raw and almost spiritual, the music very tribal. There’s one village drummer, who supposedly jams for 4 hours, without ever missing a beat, and dancing like a maniac. The Jajouka cane flutes are like traditional flutes, and create a beautiful tone. According to the liner notes, it was hilarious for them to see the Americans try and play them – reedy and thin, then the Masters would blow and create a full boasting sound. The gimbris is sort of like a banjo visually, giving the tracks with it a nice string touch. These recordings are a great representation of different types of instruments used in the villages, the tracks indicate what is played for each. Very primal, they could create and interesting trip when mixed with something else, but I think they stand on their own.

you heard it 45 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 22 days ago, Bryan Chandler played Jajouka Black Eyes (rhaitas)
  • 31 days ago, Milo Minderbender played Sidi Hamid Sherk (rhaitas)
  • 101 days ago, Sally Goodin played Waving (gimbris)
  • 286 days ago, Lucifer Rosa played Boujeloud (gimbris, drums)
  • 304 days ago, Naysayer played Boujeloud (flutes)
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