Brooklyn MC Stimulus Recreates Jimi Hendrixâ€™s Mythologized 1969 Trip To Casablanca.
In July 1969 Jimi Hendrix traveled to Morocco. The short trip, which took place just one year prior to Hendrixâ€™s death in September 1970, has been heavily mythologized and a source forÂ urban legends about what he did and didnâ€™t do while he was in Casablanca and the town of Essaouira. â€œThe people of Morocco have never recovered from Jimiâ€™s visit and the tales are remarkable,â€ Hendrixâ€™s travelmate Deering Howe is quoted as tellingÂ researcher/biographer Caesar Glebbeck. â€œLike George Washington he slept in everyoneâ€™s house around the Moroccan countryside!â€
For his latest music video “Old Me“, Brooklyn-born rapper/DJ/producer/style-guru and longtime globetrotterÂ Stimulus set out to recreate Hendrixâ€™s travels in Casablanca. Stim, whoâ€™s most recently been cruising the worldÂ in support of his newÂ Stimmi HendrixÂ project, released a five-track homage to Hendrix last month.Â The video for â€œOld Meâ€ was shot on location in Casablanca and Marakesh and it follows Stim (and his Stimmi Hendrix persona) around during the ten-day â€œLâ€™Boulevardâ€ music and arts festival. Explains Stim:
“I chose Morocco partly because the energy, color and diversity of Casablanca reminds me of the spirit of Jimiâ€™s music. I became more interested in Morocco because of all of the myths and legends about Jimi Hendrixâ€™s experience there. Rumors of him renting a place, the reasons why he never actually performed etc etc.
We were able to shoot on location in the apartment Jimi is rumored to have spent all of his time (apparently only 3 days, not 6 months) in Casablanca. He spent time with a muse, socialite, creative connector named Atika. Her son, whom she had with the late Herman Leonard (famous jazz photographer), still lives in the apartment.”