The Baluchi Ensemble of Karachi

Love Songs & Trance Hymns

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According to the comprehensive and informative liner notes that accompany this collection, the Baluch are a stateless people -- estimated at ten million strong -- who occupy an area of the Middle East spread primarily across Iran and Pakistan. Their musical traditions are largely dominated by wedding songs and trance music, both of which are represented on this fascinating nine-track release credited to the five-member Baluchi Ensemble of Karachi; while the love songs are engaging in their own right, the real selling point here is the trance hymns, which attain a hypnotic power all their own.

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