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Ustad Noor Bakhsh from the vicinity of Pasni in Balochistan is a master of the balochi benju (a type of zither with keys), a unique instrument he has played since childhood. In the Makran region, Noor Bakhsh has long been known as a legendary instrumentalist, but he only gained more international attention after his recent recordings and videos. Benju, which originates from a Japanese children's toy called taishokoto, was adopted by Balochi musicians and developed into a sophisticated folk instrument. Noor Bakhsh plays an electric benju. His sound is obtained by means of an old pick-up and a small Phillips amplifier that he bought 20 years ago in Karachi.
The Pankisi Ensemble preserves and develops lesser-known vocal and instrumental genres of Chechen music rarely heard outside of their own community. These include epic legends such as “Illi,” Sufi religious chants, and even love songs. The group's sound is also influenced by Georgian music, in which the Pankisi Ensemble is also deeply immersed. This has affected not only their repertoire, which in addition to Chechen songs also includes the folklore of different regions of Georgia, but also their general style, making the ensemble a particularly unique representation of the shared and distinct musical cultures of the Caucasus.