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July 30, 2014

SFC Professor Curates Exhibition on World Music Innovators

Augusta Palmer Focuses on Musicians of Jajouka at Arab American Museum

Continuing the story that began in her 2009 film, The Hand of Fatima, St. Francis College Professor Augusta Palmer has now curated the exhibition, Jajouka: The Master Musicians of Morocco, at the Arab American National Museum in Michigan, running through November 2. (

The Master Musicians play in a line to welcome guests to Jajouka.
Photo by Joel Rubiner, 1972.

"While working on The Hand of Fatima, I was amazed by how many astounding and beautiful photographs have been taken of the Master Musicians over the last 40 years,” said Augusts Palmer, Communication Arts Professor and Documentary Filmmaker. “Being invited to curate this photography show at the AANM gave me a fabulous opportunity to revisit these images and their creators - Joel Rubiner, Paul Misso, Cherie Nutting, and David Katzenstein.”

The exhibition of photos, artifacts, and music chronicles the history of this family of musicians and their contribution to the world stage. See more photos

“Jajouka is a very unique place, a crossroads where American artists like Ornette Coleman have played alongside the Master Musicians, whose traditional trance music has a ritual and healing power,” added Professor Palmer. “Curating this show has allowed me to tell the story of Jajouka in an entirely new way."

Beginning in the 1960s, their recordings and collaborations with western musicians helped to forge what became known as the “world music” genre. Among those who came to know and help popularize the Jajouka musicians was Brian Jones of the Rolling Stones, whose 1971 LP Brian Jones Presents the Pipes of Pan at Joujouka remains a seminal recording.

This exhibition recounts the history and present-day lives of the Jajouka Musicians, whose descendants continue to produce this magical music in rare concert performances around the world.

St. Francis College, founded in 1859 by the Franciscan Brothers of Brooklyn, is located in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. Since its founding, the College has pursued its Franciscan mission to provide an affordable, high-quality education to students from New York City’s five boroughs and beyond.


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