Image: The Master Musicians play in a line to welcome guests to Jajouka (1972). Photo by Joel Rubiner.
June 28 – Nov. 2, 2014
Main Floor Gallery
From a small, isolated village in the foothills of Morocco’s Rif mountains, the sounds of an ancient musical tradition reverberate worldwide. With a lineage tracing back several centuries, The Master Musicians of Jajouka carry on a family legacy to create ritual music imbued with healing powers that is central to village life.
Beginning in the 1970s, their recordings and collaborations with western musicians helped to forge what became known as the “world music” genre. This exhibition recounts the history of the Jajouka Musicians, whose descendants continue to produce this magical music, both on recordings and in rare concert performances around the world.
This exhibition was guest-curated by documentarian Augusta Palmer.