MMW, Flea, Mickey Hart Among Acts Featured on Benefit Album for the Master Musicians of Jajouka
Medeski, Martin & Wood drummer Billy Martin has partnered with the Master Musicians of Jajouka and a number of notable western musicians to produce The Road to Jajouka, which is set for release on September 10.
The Rif Mountains of Morocco hosts a small collection of tribal musicians dubbed the Master Musicians of Jajouka by western artists, but despite their obscurity, this small group has influenced popular musicians from Brian Jones to Billy Corgan. The sufi trance music they perform stretches from more than 1,000-year-old tradition, and is endangered with some of the musicians having died off and younger generations of Moroccans moving away from their mountainous home.
The Road to Jajouka features the Master Musicians of Jajouka, led by Bachir Attar, along with MMW, guitarist Marc Ribot, saxophonist Ornette Coleman, saxophonist/composer John Zorn, Sonic Youth’s Lee Ranaldo, the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Flea, drummer Mickey Hart and more.
Proceeds from the record’s sales will be used to preserve the century-old community and musical culture of the Master Musicians of Jajouka.