Saturday, November 2, 2013

3 Photo essays by Sunny Suits and 1 by Arian Fariborz photographers and writers inspired at Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 2013

American artist Sunny Suits
Sunny Suits Urban magazine Tangier see page 59

On Dazed and Confused online

Le Festsival Joujouka vu Sunny Suits in Liberation Weekend

Master Musicians of Joujouka by Arian Fariborz

Arian Fariborz has a photo essay from the 2013 Master Musicians of Joujouka up on Arian has previously written on Joujouka and included a chapter on Joujouka and a long interview with manager Frank Rynne in his 2010 book Rock The Kasbah Popmusik und Moderen inm Orient

The "Master Musicians of Joujouka": Straddling East and West

Booking for Master Musiicans of Joujouka Festival 2014 20-22 June Booking Now

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

10.5 Sat. エキゾ夢紀行 ジャジューカ2013!渋谷UPLINK FACTORY

If you are in Tokyo 5 Oct there is a night in honour of Master Musicians of Joujouka with talks and films at UPLINK Factory

おなじみ渋谷UPLINK FACTORYでのエキゾ夢紀行。今度はモロッコのジャジューカ編!

最新機材で撮影された貴重なジャジューカの最新映像と音響をたっぷりお楽しみ頂けます! アップリンクの大スクリーンと立体音響スピーカーで体感するジャジューカに東京都民もトランス必至デス!

出演:サラーム海上 (よろずエキゾ風物ライター/DJ)
ゲスト:赤塚りえ子 (現代美術家)

料金:¥2,000 (1ドリンク付き)
日時:2013年10月5日(土) 18:30開場/19:00開演
東京都渋谷区宇田川町37-18 トツネビル1-2F
tel. 03-6825-5503

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 20-22 June 2014 booking is now open

The Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 20-22 June 2014 Booking is now open.
For more info see

Booking now

Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 20-22 June 2014

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 14-16 June 2013 last places booking now

The last few places for the Master Musiicans of Joujouka Festival 14-16 June 2013 are booking now at

Since 2008, the annual festival at Joujouka has taken place in June every summer and offers a unique opportunity to spend three days with the Master Musicians. Unlike any other, ours is a true micro-festival which has received rave coverage from Mojo, The GuardianLiberationthe BBCAl Jazeera and The Irish Times.

Our concept

The Festival is all about offering a very small group of people the opportunity to live in Joujouka with the Masters as your hosts and experience the music in the village and spectacular landscape in which it belongs. People who speak French, Arabic and English and who have long, strong connections with the village are on hand to answer questions and make you feel as at home as possible.
Because of the nature of the Festival, numbers have to be strictly limited to 50 people and this means it’s essential to book early if you want to have this incredible experience.

Flying to Morocco

If you’re only coming to Morocco for the Festival, the easiest thing to do is to fly to Tanger and take the train from Tanger Ville, a short taxi ride from the centre of Tanger. A taxi from Tanger to Joujouka costs 100 MAD.
Should you be travelling in Morocco, Fez and Casablanca are four hours from El Ksar El Kebir, the nearest town to Joujouka, by train. Marrakesh is eight hours. Don’t fly to Agadir – there are no direct train connections.

Getting to Joujouka

We collect you at El Ksar El Kebir train station and return you when the festival is over. The station is around an hour from Joujouka.
The Moroccan train service is actually pretty good and very cheap. You can find train times at, the website of the national rail network.

How long is the festival?

Due to high demand, we only offer three-day tickets for the full festival but if you really want to experience Joujouka and can only come for a shorter period of time, contact us and we’ll see what we can do.

What the ticket price includes

The Masters play for you and the village every night of the Festival on the stage which was purpose built for them and they spend most of the days playing. Music is part of the fabric of Joujouka and the essence of your experience.
Your ticket includes transport from the railway station, three nights’ accommodation in the Masters’ homes, all your meals and drinks for the three days of the festival and breakfast on the day you leave. Alcohol is strictly prohibited.
All accommodation arrangements will be made for you well before you arrive in Joujouka and, don’t worry, you won’t be sharing a room with strangers.
One of the great treats of the Festival is the opportunity to enjoy home cooked Moroccan food, which is delicious. If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, no problem. Your hosts will often prepare snacks, which are meals in themselves.

Monday, November 26, 2012

  • Gysin Dreamachine launch Sat 24 in London with Daevid Allen, Rikki Stein and Terry Wilson ably assited in vibes by Howard Marks and Frank Rynne

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Brion Gysin Dreamachine launch London 24 Nov with two new Joujouka films

Saturday 24th November 2012


“We must storm the citadels of enlightenment the means are at hand” William S. Burroughs

The UK launch of the first ever bespoke Brion Gysin Dreamachine

The dreamachine is a stroboscopic flicker device you view with your eyes closed that produces visual stimuli and hallucinations.
Gysin believed that by offering the world a drugless high the invention could revolutionize human consciousness.

The night will include talks, film, music and Dreamachines!

Terry Wilson | Ian MacFadyen | Rikki Stein | Steve Finbow

Robert Hampson Music for Dreamachines installation
Fritz Catlin / Skintologists ex 23 Skidoo DJ set
Stewart Home's aural document - "Simulated LSD trip in a Lithuanian Forest" and a personal broadcast on Brion Gysin
Akoustik Timbre Frekuency

> Aphex Twin's Stakker Westworld from Marek Pytel and Reality Film
> Master Musicians of Joujouka new films
> FLicKeR :: A Film By Nik Sheehan
featuring Marianne Faithfull, DJ Spooky, The Stooges, Iggy Pop, Lee Ranaldo, Genesis P-Orridge,
John Giorno, Floria Sigismondi, and Kenneth Anger, Terry Wilson and others.
> 1960s Antony Balch film
featuring Ian Sommerville, Brion Gysin, William Burroughs, Alexander Trocchi Jean-Jacques Lebel
with live soundtrack mix by Frank Rynne
> James B L Hollands's Telepathy 101 from hard drive as it flickers with a 60 frame per second intensity!

Modern Panic III @ Apiary Studios
Saturday 24th November 2012
8pm - Late

458 Hackney Road, London E2 9EG
Limited Tickets Available - NOW ON SALE!

“The Dreamachine is an aid to visionary experience” Aldous Huxley

First shown in 1962 the Dreamachine was invented in Paris by painter and visionary Brion Gysin, who also invented the Cut-Up method of writing for William S. Burroughs and a young Cambridge scholar Ian Sommerville. In Paris they lived at run down hotel which became known as The Beat Hotel as it was home to Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, William S. Burroughs and a host of Beatnik experimenters.

The Dreamachine was the first artwork intended to be viewed with the eyes closed. The Dreamachine is a cylindrical spinning device with a light which emits Alpha waves which cause changes in the brain to produce sensory changes, swirling colour patterns and intense dreams.

Over the past 50 it has been used by William Burroughs, Kurt Cobain, David Bowie, John Giorno, Paul McCartney, Marilyn Manson, Laurie Anderson, Keith Haring, Allen Ginsberg, Ira Cohen, Iggy Pop, Marianne Faithfull, Kenneth Anger, Beck, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge and countless other artists and hipsters.

In 2012 the first ever mass produced models have been created. At the Toronto launch in October 2012 Booker prize winners Margaret Atwood, Michael Ondaatje and John Geiger where the guests of honour.  We will be launching the UK première of the dreamachines at Modern Panic III - Join us!

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Robert Hampson's Alpha

The UK première of music designed for the Dreamachine experience comprises three 23 min pieces by the former Loop frontman and currently working as Main and Robert Hampson  This will be a music installation with Dreamachines.

Fritz Catlin / Skintologists
Former 23 Skidoo percussion master DJs his favourite chill out funky rhythms for Dreamachines

Akoustik Timbre Frekuency P23
provides music and video for Dreamachines

UN new remixes featuring Brion Gysin


Ian MacFadyenco-editor, with Oliver Harris, of Naked Lunch @50: Anniversary Essays, published in 2009. Sections from his text Codename Burroughs were published in English and German versions in 2012 to accompany the exhibition The Name Is Burroughs: Expanded Media at the ZKM, Karlsruhe. His other published work includes Point Of No Return: To The Memory Of Joan Burroughs (2009) and Ira Cohen’s Photographs: A Living Theatre (2000).

Rikki Stein Stein put on Jimi Hendrix’s first European tour in 1968. He moved to Joujouka Morocco in 1970. He was a friend of Brion Gysin’s and William Burroughs and organised the first international tour of Master Musicians of Joujouka in 1980 before going on to manage Fela Kuti. He was part of the production team of the hit Broadway musical 'Fela! and executive producer of 'Fela! Back to Africa.

Stewart Home Aural documents  : "Simulated LSD trip in a Lithuanian Forest" and a personal broadcast on Brion Gysin

Steve Finbow 
on "Gysin and Ginsberg: sexual and textual politics in the Beat Hotel."

FLicKeR :: A Film By Nik Sheehan
Featuring Marianne Faithfull, DJ Spooky, The Stooges, Iggy Pop, Lee Ranaldo, Genesis P-Orridge,
John Giorno, Floria Sigismondi, and Kenneth Anger, Terry Wilson and More

Tribe Ahl Serif (1972 restored 2012)
Preview premiere of the  a recently restored music documentary shot in June 1972 in the village of Joujouka featuring Master Musicians of Joujouka dirJohn Anthony unseen movie made in 1972,

Joujouka (2012) by Daragh McCarthy
edited by Ronan O'Muirgheasa shot at the Brian Jones 40th Anniversary Festival in the village in 2008. Preview

On Going Guerrilla Conditions (1960-62) by Antony Balch53 minutes of rare black and white film by Antony Balch of William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Alexander Trocchi, etc shot in Paris, New York, London and Tangier between 1960 and 1962 with live soundtrack by Islamic Diggers founder Frank Rynne.

Stakker Westword Stakker/Marek Pytel/Reality Film which features a special soundtrack by Aphex Twin.
Edit available

James B L Hollands's Telepathy 101 from hard drive as it flickers with a 60 frame per second intensity!!
James B.L. Hollands is a video artist, musician and writer who currently lives in London. His work has shown at the Tate Modern, Whitechapel Gallery and Liverpool Biennial as well as numerous squats of equal importance.

Special Presentation

Terry Wilson
Special Presentation for services to the oeuvre to our guest of honour!
co-author, with Brion Gysin, of Here To Go: Planet R-101. First published in 1982, this seminal book on the life and work of Brion Gysin has been published in a number of editions. Terry Wilson’s other books include Dreams of Green Base (1986), ‘D’ Train (1985), and Perilous Passage (2005). DAYS LANE: Extracts From The Scattering Course was published in 2009.

Films :

Among the highlights will be two premières of films featuring Morocco’s legendary Sufi trance artists The Master Musicians of Joujouka who were brought to Western attention by Gysin. Tribe Ahl Serif is an unseen movie made in 1972, while the second is a film by Daragh McCarthy shot at the Brian Jones 40th Anniversary Festival in the village in 2008.

The 2008 documentary of the Dreamachine FlicKer by Nik Sheehan featuring Marianne FaithfullDJ SpookyThe StoogesIggy PopLee RenaldoGenesis P-OrridgeJohn GiornoFloria Sigismondi, Terry Wilson and Kenneth Anger.

Other film highlights include, 53 minutes of rare black and white film by Antony Balch of William Burroughs, Brion Gysin, Alexander Trocchi, etc shot in Paris, New York, London and Tangier between 1960 and 1962 and Marek Pytel’s Stakker Westword which features a special soundtrack by Aphex Twin.

Talks & Spoken Word :
Ian McFadyen, Stewart Home, Rikki Stein, while Burroughs and Gysin collaborator Terry Wilson will be on hand to receive a special award to acknowledge his contribution to the wild experimentation of the Paris beat nexus.

Music :
Musical highlights include the UK premiere of  Robert Hampson’s Alpha a suite of three 23 minute long pieces by the former main man of Loop and currently working both as Main and as a solo artist,  former 23 Skidoo sound artist and master percussionist Fritz Catlin of the Skintologists will be DJing, Frank Rynne (Islamic Diggers and producer of Master Musicians of Joujouka will create a live soundtrack to the Antony Balch Burroughs film,Akoustik Timbre Frekuency provide film and Music for The Dreamachine while other contributions include new remixes of Brion Gysin by Argentinean based UN.

Can't wait until 24th November ? Dreamachines are available now from : 
Profits help support The Master Musicians of Joujouka

Saturday, November 3, 2012

The oldest Master Musician Mallim Ali Abdeslam El Attar passes away

Mallim Ali Abdeslam El Attar, the oldest Master Musician passed away today at 9.30 am in Joujouka. Mallim Ali was 103 years old. He was the last surviving Master Musician who had played at Hamri and Brion Gysin's 1001 Nights in Tangier form 1954, and in the 1960s he played for Brian Jones recording the seminal Brian Jones presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka. He also recorded for Ornette Coleman and was leader of the Master Musicians of Joujouka in the 1980s.
 His nephew Ahmed El Attar is the current leader of Master Musicians of Joujouka.
He will be missed by all the people of Joujouka.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Dreamachines available now

For the first time in a half century, 500 Limited Edition Dreamachines based on Brion Gysin’s original specifications are now available.

Designed in Canada, The Dreamachine also functions as a stationary Table Lamp. It is made of museum quality Stainless Steel, with North American or European electrical adaptation, rotating at 78rpm / 10hz corresponding with Alpha Brainwaves. Product details here.

At this time, Dreamachines are only available through distributed internationally by Innovative Integrated Solutions. Shipping details here

Please with your Questions.
Not for use by children and not for use by people with problems associated with flicker or flash photography eg epileptics.
Dreamachine US or European
Note that buying directly from Master Musicians of Joujouka websites helps the Master Musicians of Joujouka and  the village through a substantial donation from Brion Gysin Dreamachine.

Choose either US/Canada or Europe on drop down menu below
Price $399 plus $50 shipping USA and Canada
$399 plus $150 shipping to all other places ie Japan, Europe, Australia etc etc ie The Rest of the World Note there are two options either 110v or 240v .
Not for sale to under 18 year olds and see disclaimer regarding usage and medical

Dreamachines 4 options globally
Currently out of stock

Product Specifications, returns policy, disclaimer and warning
Dreamachine Size: 7″ x 7″ x 26″ Inches (18cm x 18cm x 66cm)
Shipping Size: -” x -” x -” Inches (-cm x -cm x -cm)
Shipping Weight: 11.4 Pounds (5.2kg)
Material:  Brushed Stainless Steel
North American Voltage: 110v AC (United States, Canada, Mexico, Columbia, Brazil, Venezuela, Equador, Peru, West Indies, Japan)
Global Voltage: Voltage: 240v AC (European Union, Russia, Australia, Africa, China, Bolivia, Paraguay, Uruguay, Argentina, Chile)
The bulb required is an incandescent light bulb with E27 (Edison 27 mm) male screw base and is not included with the product.
MONEY BACK GUARANTEE offers a THIRTY (30) day money-back guarantee on all products, effective from the date of purchase. This guarantee is subject to the condition that the product has not been subjected to unauthorized repair or abuse, and that ALL original components are returned in the original packaging.
RETURNS ARE TO BE MADE TO THE ORIGINAL PLACE OF PURCHASE (retail store, online retailer, etc.). If a unit was purchased directly from, please contact by telephone, toll-free @             1-855-866-1850       for instructions prior to returning the unit for refund. All products must be received and inspected by prior to issuing a refund.
NOTE: Money-back guarantee applies ONLY to the actual purchase price paid for any product; SHIPPING AND HANDLING COSTS ARE NOT REFUNDABLE.
WARRANTY warrants, subject to the conditions set forth below, that should any product be defective by reason of improper workmanship or material during the specified warranty period, will repair the same effecting all necessary parts replacements, without charge for either parts or labour ONE (1) Year from the date of original purchase.
1. Unauthorized Repair, Abuse, Etc.: The unit must not have been previously altered, modified, repaired or serviced by anyone other than The serial number on the unit must not have been altered or removed. The unit must not have been subject to accident, misuse, abuse, or operated contrary to the instructions contained in the Owner’s Guide. Should the unit be used for commercial purposes or rental,’s standard warranty shall not apply and be voided.
2. Proper Delivery: Before returning the unit for repair or replacement, please contact by telephone, toll-free @             1-855-866-1850       for a Return Authorization Number and shipping instructions. The unit must be shipped to in either its original package or similar package affording an equal degree of protection and with instructions indicating an address to which the repaired unit must be returned. Defective accessories should be returned to as a separate repair item. The repaired unit or accessory will be returned to customer freight prepaid. Service inquiries should be directed to the above telephone numbers.
REPLACEMENT POLICY: Prior to a replacement unit being shipped, a credit card number will be required to ensure defective products are returned to If the defective product is not returned within 2 weeks of delivery of the replacement, the customer’s credit card will be charged for the cost of the replacement unit.
3. Proof of Date of Purchase: This warranty applies to the product from the original date of purchase. Therefore, the owner must furnish proof of original purchase with either invoice or receipt.
The Dreamachine device is intended for mood lighting and entertainment purposes only. Only operate if you are 18 years of age or older and use at your own risk. If use causes persistent headache, nausea, or a ‘stinging’ sensation in the eyes, or any adverse reaction, discontinue use.
Do not use if you have a light sensitivity, including as a result of taking medication or herbal supplements such as antibiotics or St. John’s wort or having corrective laser eye surgery within the last 30 days, or if you suffer from one of the following medical conditions associated with light sensitivity: visual photosensitivity, macular degeneration, epilepsy, seizures, brain damage, concussion, mental health problems or other neurological problems, pacemaker, porphyria, cardiac arrhythmia, heart disease, or if you are pregnant. Do not use if you have been diagnosed with seasonal affective disorder, depression, bipolar disorder, a mood disorder or a sleep disorder, or if you are taking medication for the treatment of depression or a mood disorder, including but not limited to antidepressant medication.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

On the occasion of Aid al-Adha the Master Musicians of Joujouka wish you Happy Aid Mubarak

Joujouka by and © herman vanaershot  all rights reserved

بمناسبة عيد الاضحى المبارك مجموعة زهجوكة تتمنى لكم عيد مبارك سعيد و كل عام و أنتم بألف خير
On the occasion of Aid al-Adha the Master Musicians of Joujouka wish you Happy Aid Mubarak 

and every year you have good health

Friday, September 21, 2012

Brion Gysin Dreamachine Canadian launch 10.11.12

Attention all our friends in Ontario
Brion Gysin Dreamachine launch 
Event: Dreamachine Official Canadian Release
Location: The Gladstone Hotel Art Gallery 2nd Floor 1214 Queen Street Toronto Canada
Date & Time: Thursday 11th October 2012, 7-11pm