1/ Gabahay (Hadj Attar) 6.02 2/ A Habibi Ouajee T'Allel Allaiya (Hadj Attar) 4.12 3/ El Medahey (Hadj Attar) 7.05 4/ Bujloudia "Bujloudia Dancing (Hadj Attar) 5.46 with Aisha Qandisha" 5/ Alalilla "About the Night" (Hadj Attar) 5.02 6/ The Middle of the Night (Hadj Attar) 5.52 7/ Bujloudia (Hadj Attar) 6.26 8/ Jajouka Between the Mountains (Hadj Attar) 5.55 9/ Memories of my Father (Bachir Attar) 7.17 10/ Mohamed Diha Utalla Fiha (Take (Hadj Attar) 3.27 Care of Her or Leave Her) 11/ Sbar Yagelbi Sbar (Hadj Attar) 3.33 12/ On Horseback (Hadj Attar) 5.14 13/ Talaha L'badro Alaina (Hadj Attar) 3.00 Recorded at Jajouka in the foothills of the Rif Mountains of Morocco on November 8,9 & 10, 1991 Engineered by Oz Fritz Produced by Bill LaswellBachir Attar (Leader), Mohamed Bacari & Ali Nachat: ghaita, gimbri, lira, vocals; Larbi Hlalli Attar, Abdellah Sandaoui Attar & Ali Mojdoubi: ghaita, lira, tarija, vocals; Mohammed El Hammadi: ghaita, gimbri, tebel, vocals; Tahir Bokzar: ghaita, violin, lira, vocals; Abdellah Attar: ghaita, tebel, vocals; Lahesen Brital: violin, tarija, vocals; Abdeslam Bokzar & Abdellah Shirioui: tarija, vocals; Mokhtar Jaghdal, Mostapha Attar, Ahmed El Himdi & Abdellah Bokzar: tebel, vocals; WOMENS GROUP - Rahama Attar: bendir, vocals; Menana Attar, Rahama Attar, Hadoush Attar, Rahama Attar & Yamna Attar: tarija, vocals.
1992 - Axiom/Island (USA), 314-510 857-2 (CD) 2016 - Bill Laswell Bandcamp (digital)Note: Bill Laswell does not play on this album.
Cliff Furnald (courtesy of the Rootsworld website)
Although they'd recorded for the Rolling Stones' Brian Jones and played with jazz supremo Ornette Coleman, Morocco's Master Musicians had never really been caught in true sonic clarity until producer Bill Laswell visited them in their village of Jajouka to document their music. And clear it is; the interplay of instruments, drums, and voices is captured with stunning fidelity, bringing their particular brand of trance music right into your living room. The musicians, under the leadership of Bachir Attar, are in superb form, doing what's been done for almost as long as history itself. They feel the music, making for a natural flow on Attar's compositions, which sound as old as the Rif Mountains where they're performed. If you want to hear the Master Musicians as they really are, this is the record to buy.
editorial review by Chris Nickson (courtesy of the Amazon.com website)