Monday, July 2, 2012

The Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 2013 booking now open for 14-16 June 2013.

The Master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 2013 booking now open for 14-16 June 2013. 

Sunset through the ancient olive trees at the Sufi shrine pic Frank Rynne

Boujeloud 2012 by Herman Vanaershot
The Master Musicians of Joujouka's annual summer festival began in 2008 with the Master Musicians Brian Jones 40th Anniversary Festival.     
The festival is a true micro festival and has received rave  writes ups  and reports from Mojo, The Guardian, Liberation, BBC with forthcoming pieces from Al Jazeera and The Irish Times.
The ideology of the festival  is to allow a very small group of people the opportunity to hang out and live in the village for a few days with the Master Musicians as their hosts.   Numbers are therefore strictly limited in order to ensure that people have a unique and personal experience in the village and with their individual and collective hosts The Master Musicians of Joujouka. There will be some people on hand who have long connections with the village who speak French, Arabic and English and any questions you have while in the village can be addressed as your comfort and enjoyment is key to the continued success of this truly unique experience.
Afternoon session pic Phil Hostak

Naturally the highlight of the festival is the three days of music and the intimate access to the Masters, the spectacular vistas and the hospitality.

Above Slide show from 2011 Festival "Joujouka Some Stones" by Hermann Vanaerschot click to view

Press from recent years Click on title to go to article

You will be  collected  at EL Ksar El Kebir  train station (see for trian times from all Moroccan cities) on June 8th by prior  arrangement with the festival. Having been collected at the train  station you  will be transported to the village.You will be returned to Ksar El Kebir to meet your connections after the Festival. Due to the high demand for 2013 only  3 day tickets are available. If you wish to come for one or two days please email for rates and availability.

The cave of Boujeloud by Victoria Stephenson 2012

Magara  cave of Boujeloud situated about 1km from the village by Lars Movin  2010 

What is included in ticket price 
The ticket price includes your meals, soft drinks, bottled water, tea, coffee, accommodation and forward and return  transport to the village from Ksar El Kebir  in order to meet your connections .
The Master Musicians will perform each day both informally and with full performances each night. Guests stay with the Master Musicians of Joujouka in their homes.

Lunch 2010 photo by Joachim Montessuis
The food is excellent. We can cater for vegetarians easily and vegans with a far bit of hassle but we do so every year.
Breakfast at the house of Master Musicians leader Ahmed El Attar by Phil Hostak
The festival (ie The Master Musicians and the villagers) provide all  meals. Food is sourced locally.
Friday 14th June  lunch and dinner.
Saturday 15th June  Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
16th  Breakfast,  lunch and dinner.
17th. Breakfast and transport to Ksar El Kebir to meet your train or onward connections.

Snacks are available at your host families house as required!!! They may appear to be meals in themselves.

 Figs fresh from the trees in Joujouka 2010 photo Tomas McGrail White
The festival is restricted in numbers of guests to ensure you have a very chilled out and personal experience of life in the village. We provide your bottled water plus tea, coffee. Alcohol is prohibited in the village!!

The House where Brian Jones stayed in 1968 with well and fig trees by Manno Franco 2009
You will accommodated with the family of one of the Master Musicians.

Relaxing in the home of Ahmed Attar pic Syra Trek
Breakfast is served in the house you stay in and you will be accommodated in a room to yourself or with your friends or partner.  Let us know your desired accommodation arrangements when you are contacted after your booking or email before hand if you have any queries. You will not be sharing a room with strangers. 
All your  personal  arrangements will be worked out by email or phone with you before you arrive.

During the day the Master Musicians play in an informal way and   most people hang out as they please at their HQ/house / school while each night the Master Musicians of Joujouka perform  their ritual music.
Inside the courtyard of the  home of Master Musician Abdelslam Errtoubi Photo Lars Movin 2010

The easiest  airport to come from if you are only coming to Morocco for the festival is Tanger with train connections from Tanger Ville ( Taxi costs 100 MAD).  However  Fez and Casablanca are 4 hours train journey from El Ksar El Kebir (Marrakesh is 8 hours) so any airport is good except Agadir which has no direct train connections.

The vista from the grave of Mohamed Hamri by Maki Kita
This year we are facilitating installment payments of 50.You can use the same button to pay a single deposit that will ensure you a reserved place at the festival subject to balance being paid. If you require assistance or further information email

Using the paypal button below you can pay for a full ticket for the 3 day event at €350 or a €50 non refundable deposit or if you have paid a deposit and wish to pay the balance of €300.


Full Balance is payable by 1 March 2013 unless you have made a prior arrangemnet with festival by emailing Deposit will forfeited on cancellation. However if you pay in full before 1 March and cancel on or before 1 March the balance above 50 euros will be returned to you within 7 days.

Master Musicans of Joujouka Festival 14-16 June 2013. Guests will leave morning of 17th.

Master Musicians of Joujouka Mali mal M'Halmaz Everyone is together by MasterMusiciansofJoujouka

Master Musicians of Joujouka Brain Jones 40th Anniversary Festival 2008

Guests chatting after lunch copyright Herman Vanaershot
Post lunch relaxing in the performance tent photo copyright Herman Vanaershot

Boujeloud in the flames, photo by Robert Hampson master Musicians of Joujouka Festival 2010 

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