Current Group

Bachir Attar (Leader), Mustapha Attar, Abdellah Attar, Mohamed “Hadj” Attar, Amin Attar, Mohamed Attar (Berdouz Jr.), Mohamed Attar (The Mohkadem), Abelzarak “Hadj” Abdesalam Attar, Hamido Attar, Mokhtar Jaghdal, Mohammed Hammadi, Bouker Talha, Ahmed Ballouti, Abdellah Bohkzar, Ahmed Bahkat.

Photo: Cherie Nutting

Photo: Cherie Nutting

Most of the musicians still live in Jajouka; however, some spend time outside of the village, supplementing their income with other work. The group performs with as many as 14 members, but typically tours with about 10, due to the high cost of travel and accommodation.



Members Past

Band Leader Jnuin “El Hadj” Abdesalam el Attar (Bachir Attar’s Father), Mohamed Attar (Berdouz Sr.), Taher Bohkzar, Maalem Fidal, Ali Nachat Attar, Mohamed Sandouli el Attar (Retired), Ali Attar, Mohamed Attar (The Mohkadem’s Father), Ali Majdoubi, Mohammed Bacari, Ahmed Attar, Larbi Hilali, Ali Rtoubi, Mohamed Attar (Headache), Mohamed Ghalani, Abdesalam Attar (Bachir’s Uncle), Ahmed Attar, Mohamed Attar, Abdesalam Attar, Abdellah Shirioui (Retired), Lahcen Brital (Retired), Abdeslam Boukzar (Let Go), Ahmed “Titi” Attar (Let Go)

Photo: Joel Rubiner

Photo: Joel Rubiner

Photo: Joel Rubiner

As a hereditary brotherhood, the Master Musicians of Jajouka consistently experience generational change. Most members are from the Attar family, though not all Attars are musicians. Only a few members per generation reach the level of maalem, the highest level of mastery. Some musicians play with the group part–time; a few have been let go. The preceding members have passed away unless otherwise noted.



Women’s Group

Rahama Attar (Leader), Menana Attar, Rahama Attar (drums & vocals), Hadoush Atta, Yamna Attar, Sofia Attar.

Photo: Cherie Nutting

Photo: Cherie Nutting

The women’s group, a vocal and drum ensemble, plays separately from the men in the village. However, their unique compositions have been featured on several Jajouka records. The above listed musicians performed on Apocalypse Across the Sky, produced by Bill Laswell in 1991.