Folk Songs and Contemporary Songs from Balochistan (Etnisk Musikklubb EM 44, 2007)
From Norway comes this excellent recording of Balochi music. Abdulrahman Surizehi is a virtuoso of the benju, a type of dulcimer that appeared in Balochistan in the first part of the 20th century. Balochistan (also known as Baluchistan) is a region that encompasses part of western Pakistan, eastern Iran and southern Afghanistan. Abdulrahman Surizehi’s Balochi music is a reflection of this cross-cultural land.
The fascinating collection includes Balochi traditional and classical pieces as well as original compositions by Surizehi. Joining Abdulrahman Surizehi are Kaseim Hamin on vocals; Es Haq Balochnasab on vocals and tamburag; Ostaad Mohammad Bachal Baloch on dohkor; and Ostaad Moula Bakhsh Noori on tamburag.
Abdulrahman Surizehi currently resides in Oslo (Norway). In the Norwegian capital, Surizehi participates in several fusion-based music projects. He has built up significant prestige and prominence among connoisseurs of Balochi tradition both inside Balochistan and beyond.
Folk Songs and Contemporary Songs from Balochistan is a beautifully crafted album by one of Balochistan’s significant artists.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.