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The Master Musicians of Jajouka @ Royce Hall 2-06-09

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Photo by Cherie Nutting

“A 4,000-year-old rock ‘n’ roll band.” - William S. Burroughs

Charging the air of Royce Hall with complex trance-inducing music and magic, The Master Musicians of Jajouka treated Los Angeles to a mesmerizing performance on Friday night. Led by Bachir Attar, the Master Musicians of Jajouka herald from an ancient village located in the Rif Mountains in northern Morocco. The musicians are on tour in the States this month; Friday’s performance was their only Los Angeles stop. The event was presented by UCLA Live.

The nine musicians, dressed in green traditional robes, sat in a semi circle facing the audience. To the left five of the musicians held various drums while on the right, which included leader Bachir Attar, four of the musicians held ghaitas (a double-reed, oboe-like instrument).