Bedouin Jerry Can Band: semi-nomadic musicians, storytellers, dancers and coffee grinders from the Egyptian Sinai desert.
Blending melodies from the ancient 5-string Simsimiyya lyre with desert flutes, reed pipes and the wolf-skin Rababa fiddle, BJB perform the purest, raw desert music accompanied by a cacophony of junk percussion – clay jugs, rusty ammunition boxes and jerry cans salvaged from the former battlegrounds of the six-day war of 1967.
The Sinai desert is a designated Stratocaster-free zone.
Bedouin Jerry Can Band (BJB) is a collective of semi-nomadic musicians, poets, storytellers and coffee grinders from the Egyptian Sinai desert. The group’s songs and poetry recount the exploits and fables of the ancient Arabian Bedouin tribes through stories from Sinai, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and the Arabian Gulf. Set against traditional Bedouin melodies BJB blend the Simsimiyya (5-string Egyptian lyre), desert flutes and reed pipes with infectious rhythms played on tablas, frame drums and clay jugs, augmented by an unusual arsenal of junk, such as ammunition boxes and jerry cans scavenged from former battlegrounds (a time-honoured Bedouin tradition of making good the ‘riches’ of Sinai).