The Master Musicians of Jajouka

Apocalypse Across the Sky

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The Master Musicians of Jajouka are an ensemble of full-time Moroccan musicians who live in the small rural village of Jajouka, which is in the Jibala hills south of Tangier. For them, music isn't a part-time interest or a mere hobby; it's an integral part of their day-to-day lives. Their passionate music was documented in 1991, when Apocalypse Across the Sky was recorded using a digital 12-track recorder. Some of the songs on this CD favor chanting vocals and use of the call-and-response technique, while the instrumentals make extensive use of percussion and the ghaita, an African wind instrument with a high pitch and an oboe-ish quality. The ghaita has been heard as a solo instrument on many African recordings, but on Sky (for which ghaita player/singer Bachir Attar serves as leader), listeners are given the chance to hear several ghaitas in unison. This is enriching music that shouldn't be overlooked.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Bachir Attar
6:02 SpotifyAmazon
2
feat: Bachir Attar
4:12 SpotifyAmazon
3
feat: Bachir Attar
7:05 SpotifyAmazon
4
feat: Bachir Attar
5:46 SpotifyAmazon
5
feat: Bachir Attar
5:02 SpotifyAmazon
6
feat: Bachir Attar
5:52 SpotifyAmazon
7
feat: Bachir Attar
6:26 SpotifyAmazon
8
feat: Bachir Attar
5:55 SpotifyAmazon
9
feat: Bachir Attar
7:17 SpotifyAmazon
10
feat: Bachir Attar
3:27 SpotifyAmazon
11
feat: Bachir Attar
3:33 SpotifyAmazon
12
feat: Bachir Attar
5:14 SpotifyAmazon
13
feat: Bachir Attar
3:00 SpotifyAmazon
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