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Master Musicians Of Joujouka Fest Returns
Richie Troughton , April 2nd, 2013 10:47

Sixth edition of ace Moroccan festival

For the last five years Moroccan Sufi trance group The Master Musicians Of Joujouka have held an annual festival for an international crowd of music lovers to experience their music in an intimate setting.

This year's event is set to be held from June 14-16 in the Musicians' village in the picturesque Ahl Serif mountains in northern Morocco, and guests have a unique opportunity to witness the music of the “4,000 year old rock n roll band” up close over three days and nights, staying with the Musicians in their homes during the weekend.

The event began in 2008 to mark the 40th anniversary of the visit of Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones and has been held annually since. Other visitors to the village over the years include Brion Gysin, William S. Burroughs and Timothy Leary, who all wrote of their experiences after being entranced by the sacred music. The spiritual healing music played by the Master Musicians Of Joujouka was introduced to their ancestors in the 15th-century by Sufi saint Sidi Ahmed Sheikh, who is buried in the village.

For more information and booking details head here, and have a read of our report from 2010's festival here; in the meantime, have a watch of the video below for a taster of what to expect from the Musicians: