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Master Musicians of Jajouka, Feat. Bachir Attar/Talvin Singh Import

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  • Audio CD (10 July 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B00004TVUV
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Writer William Burroughs referred to them as a "4000-year old rock & roll band". They were a defining influence on mid-60s Rolling Stones. They are the Master Musicians of Jajouka. Talvin Singh took up the challenge of collaborating with the Master Musicians of Jajouka shortly after winning the 1999 Mercury Music Prize. The Master Musicians of Jajouka are an all-male group from Morocco who have received royal patronage for centuries. This album is an ambitious mix of styles, moving from minimal trance-like jams to the electronica of tracks sych as "Searching For Passion", where the solitary wail of Bachir Attar's horn is set against Singh's ambient "atmospheres". Combining ancient rhythms with futuristic effects, including Cleveland Watkiss' vocoder, record scratching and rapidfire drum & bass, this is a vibrant release. At times Singh lapses into his electronic doodles, but the raw brilliance of the Jajouka musicians means that he never meanders there too long.--Lucy O'Brien

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Firstly , I will buy anything from Talvin. I have always found the more afro sound of Gnawa more listenable than the Berber 'shwaram' sound of the mountain tribes of Morocco - but Talvin has found the perfect middle ground between his London based asian/D&B tabla music and the raw sound of Joujouka in this recording. He does not shirk from the challenge to fuse an electro 21st century funk onto this deeply traditional music, and produces a musical gem rather than a bastard child.
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Very interesting Music. A mixture of the beats of Morroco and the beats of modern electric Music. It sounds great together and makes you hungry for more.
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4.0 out of 5 stars History Repeating 8 Sept. 2000
By S. L. Winant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Already public knowledge via people as diverse as William S. Burroughs, The Rolling Stones, Ornette Coleman, and Bill Laswell, the "master musicians" of Jajouka are now entering the new millenium via Asian Underground star Talvin Singh. It should be kept in mind that this CD belongs to the Morroccan musicians (if mediated by headman/promoter Bachir Attar), NOT to Talvin Singh. The alternation of Talvin-style grooves with more straight-ahead music of Jajouka--from raw field recordings to a female chorus and even a taksim (improvisation)--seem to propel Jajouka into the future without producing yet another ethnic remix album. Sure, the Talvin-produced tracks aren't nearly as hard-hitting as many on "OK," and the field tracks are pretty decontextualized. This is an album best heard in the whole, and I can't help but think visually when I listen to it, like some sort of futurist/Morroccan "Latcho Drom," with all the immediate rewards and dangers. It is not a perfect album, but it does well to keep the long-visible musicians of Jajouka a part of the contemporary scene.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Future Is Now 13 May 2008
By Best Of All - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an utterly enchanting release, which merges the voices & musical instruments of Bachir Attar and the Master Musicians of Jajouka with the electonica vision of Talvin Singh.

Singh utilizes a vast landscape of clubland beats, but the selections never stray from the warmth and rhythms of the Master Musicians.

While the focus is on the folkloric history passed down through generations, the production points to the future through intelligent production and a presence of mind to truly let the music do the talking.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A album you can listen to time and time again. 22 Sept. 2009
By Juliet K. Liu - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I can't believe this album is out of production. Well I bought this album way back during the launch in 2000 when I was 13, and now that I am 22 I am still listening to it at least once a month, and I am a person who buys nearly a hundred albums per yr. I think that can really tell you about the magic of this album. Superbly produced and irreplaceable.
7 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Successful downtempo trip to Morocco. 10 Sept. 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This disc offers up a palate of unique sounds concocted by the Master Musicians of the Jajouka, a group of monks from the mountains of Morocco. It is produced by Talvin Singh. He was born in England but matured as a musician in a classical tabla academy in India. Later he would make dance music that fused what he had learned through his experiences with Indian music with contemporary dance music. It makes sense that the Master Musicians of the Jajouka would choose him to produce an album for them. Bachir Attar states in the cd insert that the sound of the album was from a new generation of musicians of the Jajouka. This contrasts with the prior work by the Master Musicians that had been with classic rock stars. Rock and Roll dinosaurs Mick Jagger and Keith Richards both get thank you's in the cd insert. Talvin Singh's earlier work under the Future Sound of India moniker was mostly drum-and-bass music with his signature speedy tabla play. Later Talvin Singh would play tabla on albums by The Future Sound of London, Bjork, and others. He has recently remixed Madonna's "Nothing Really Matters" and collaborated with the material girl on "Cyberragga" the b-side to her single "Music". It contrasts with the previous work of Talvin Singh in its approach. There is much more organic instrumentation of indigeonous instruments. About half of the tracks on this disc are recordings from the jam sessions with Master Musicians and Bachir Attar with some input on the tabla from Talvin Singh. These tracks succeed in acheiving an authentic third world timbre, but little else. Many ethnic or indideonous instruments from the bendir to the conch shell are present here. Each is more or less comprised of a repeated horn, vocal, or other instrument melody and complicated percussion work. This is shown on the ten minute track "The Truth Forever" and on "The Blessing for the World from God Only". The other tracks have Talvin Singh adding a synthetic studio touch to the organic music of the monks. Talvin Singh adds synthesizers, vocoders, and programmed drums into a potent mix. " You Can Find the Feeling" and "The Magic of Peace" fit into this mold. These tracks are easier for me to listen to and nearly resemble Talvin's earlier work. This work, however, does not stand up to Talvin Singh's earlier albums "Anokha: Soundz of the Asian Underground" or "OK", which had more vocals and faster beats. This album seems content to settle for the type of world music that can be heard at a local farmers market. In conclusion I would suggest this album for older people who want some eclectic music to play in the backgound of an office.
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars lost potential 1 Jun. 2001
By fred udrah - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Both T.Singh and B. Attar are too timid on this cd. They tiptoe along trying not to "step on" the ethnic vitality of the Jajouka Musicians. While there are moments of brillance the cd feels unfinished at best, psychotic at worst. Neither the cuts or cd (as a whole) have any kind of flow. Either take the traditional music to a modern level or just leave it all traditional! They should take a hint from the fellow who remixed the wonderful bonus track..."the magic of peace"...
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