Joujouka Black Eyes

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All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
For the record, this is the Master Musicians of Joujouka ensemble not under the direction of Bachir Attar or produced by Bill Laswell. In the war waged between competing groups as to who is the true representative of this music, this is the group with a somewhat more basic and unpolished sound, much less geared toward Western, rock-oriented ears. Even so, the track titled "Brahim Jones Joujouka Very Stoned" is written in honor of the Rolling Stones guitarist who first brought this music to the attention of Western listeners. The music centers around hand drums, flutes, chanted vocals, and occasional double-reed instruments called riathas. Appropriate to its affiliation ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Brian Olewnick
For the record, this is the Master Musicians of Joujouka ensemble not under the direction of Bachir Attar or produced by Bill Laswell. In the war waged between competing groups as to who is the true representative of this music, this is the group with a somewhat more basic and unpolished sound, much less geared toward Western, rock-oriented ears. Even so, the track titled "Brahim Jones Joujouka Very Stoned" is written in honor of the Rolling Stones guitarist who first brought this music to the attention of Western listeners. The music centers around hand drums, flutes, chanted vocals, and occasional double-reed instruments called riathas. Appropriate to its affiliation with a certain cave in the hills behind Joujouka, there is a kind of outdoors, open-air quality in the music; nothing of studio enhancement comes through. Instead, it's quite easy to imagine the players relaxing in the yard after dinner, spinning these trance-like melodies in a leisurely atmosphere for the enjoyment of friends and families. The contrast between the earthy drum rhythms and the delicate filigree of the flute work, sounding like some avian fantasy, is luscious. Listeners who only know this genre through recordings like Apocalypse Across the Sky owe it to themselves to hear Joujouka's flip side, the one without one ear tilted toward the world music market.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/1995
  • Label: Sub Rosa
  • EAN: 5411867110873
  • Catalog Number: 87

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 My Brother and My Love - Abduslam Hertobi (2:39)
  2. 2 Joujouka Black Eyes - Abduslam Hertobi (5:17)
  3. 3 Pull up Your Belt and Dance - Muinir Mujdubi (2:38)
  4. 4 The Clapping - Mujehid Mujdubi (4:58)
  5. 5 Brahim Jones Joujouka Very Stoned - Muinir Mujdubi (3:00)
  6. 6 Mohamed My Prophet - Mujehid Mujdubi (4:09)
  7. 7 Make Me Happy, My Love - Muinir Mujdubi (2:14)
  8. 8 The Clapping/God Is High/God My Mother - Abduslam Hertobi (13:03)
  9. 9 Saudia, Girl of the Mountain - Muinir Mujdubi (2:41)
  10. 10 Go, God Must Bless You - Abduslam Hertobi (6:52)
  11. 11 A Wedding in Joujouka, October 1994 - Achmed "Titi" Attar (0:42)
  12. 12 It's Hard to Leave Someone - Abduslam Hertobi (5:19)
  13. 13 Leaving Makes You Sad/Your Eyes Make Me Want to Drink Tea - Muinir Mujdubi (6:07)
  14. 14 Come Back Home My Darling - Muinir Mujdubi (2:50)
  15. 15 Joujouka (Ice) Between the Mountains - Muinir Mujdubi (3:41)
  16. 16 My Country Abin Hassan - Mohamed "Ansari" Attar (3:32)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Master Musicians of Joujouka Primary Artist
Sheech Achmed Hand Clapping
Abdulah Ziat Flute, Vocals
Achmed "Titi" Attar Drums, Vocals
Mohamed "Ansari" Attar Flute, Drums
Ahmed Bousini Hand Clapping
Abduslam Hertobi Flute, Drums, Track Performer
Radi Kholi Vocals, Track Performer
Mohmed Komsi Track Performer
Muinir Mujdubi Drums, Track Performer
Mujehid Mujdubi Flute, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Frank Rynne Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, Mastering
Joe Ambrose Liner Notes, Mastering
Abdulah Ziat Contributor
Mohamed "Ansari" Attar Cover Photo
Abduslam Hertobi Contributor
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