Hailing from a stateless area between Pakistan, Iran, and Afghanistan, the Baluchi Ensemble of Karachi incorporate Indian and Arab influences into their Middle Eastern Gypsy-style music. Performing mostly at weddings and social events, the group remains tied to the Persian bardic tradition, but produce a trance-inducing sound that www.lightworks.com called "hypnotic, yet as fragrant as perfume." Accompanied by benju (a dulcimer with keyboard), tambureg (lute), and dholak (a type of Indian tanbur drum), the sarud (a lap fiddle made of wood with a goat skin as its sounding board) remains the dominant voice of the Baluchi Ensemble of Karachi. Love Songs and Trance Hymns, the Baluchi Ensemble of Karachi's 1997 album, was recorded in the Baluchi Quarters in Karachi, Pakistan.
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