Ustad Noor Bakhsh – Jingul
Ustad Noor Bakhsh – Jingul

Ustad Noor Bakhsh – Jingul

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Label: Honiunhoni – none, Hive Mind Records – HMRLP026
Format: Vinyl, LP
Country: UK
Released: 15 Sept 2023
Genre: Folk, World, & Country

Live recordings of present-day Balouch master musician Ustad Noor Bakhsh (Mint / New)

'Hive Mind Records are absolutely thrilled to have worked with Honiunhoni to bring you a vinyl version of Jingul by Ustad Noor Bakhsh. The album contains 6 exclusive solo tracks unavailable anywhere else.

This is the debut solo release of Benju maestro, Ustad Noor Bakhsh, from the Makran Coast of Balochistan. The album is named 'Jingul', after a bird that often frequents Noor's house, and whose songs inspired the last track on this release — an original by Noor. The album was recorded live on location, over a memorable sunset on the Shadi Kaur creek, close to Noor's village, near Pasni, Balochistan.

Noor plays an Electric Benju, amplified using an old pick up and Phillips amp that he found in a market in Karachi three decades ago. The Benju, is said to have once been a Japanese children's toy called the Taishōgoto. At some point in the 20th century, it was modified and naturalised by Baloch musicians who made it in to a refined folk instrument for themselves.

Balochistan straddles the space between modern day Pakistan and Iran but its music, particularly that of Makran, evokes the well documented migrations and seafaring; historical intimacies with Africa, Persia, and Arabia, via the greater Indian Ocean world.

It is this world that Noor's music wanders through.'

A1 Kalam Lolo
A2 Koyhari
A3 Bundar Nari
A4 Des
A5 Arabi English
A6 Maanj
B1 Marwa
B2 Shahbaz Qalandar
B3 Zahirok
B4 Kurdi
B6 Jingul