Thanks to Al from Uke Hunt, I now have a new language to add to the world tour ukulele collection.
The video features a band called Abdul Khan and the Projections performing a song called Munki Bhat. Abdul Khan is from Pakistan and moved to the UK in 1963. He has only recently formed a band with Andrew Hodson who plays the ukulele. The musical style Abdul Khan sings in is called Ghazal which describes a poetic form consisting of rhyming verses and a refrain with each line sharing the same meter (Wikipedia).
The other members of the band are Andrew Daly on keyboards, Kevin Roach on guitar, Julie Peake on cello, Norman Knight on bass and Juju on percussions.
There was no information on the description of the video telling which language the song was in, but I suppose it has to be in either Urdu, the official language of Pakistan, or Hindi. Please leave a comment if you can confirm the language .
If you’d like to hear Abdul Khan explain how he has managed to make music with people using the western music notation system and how the whole band came together, watch this video of an interview of the band for BBC Radio Manchester.
Abdul Khan and the Projections will be performing at the Ukelear Meltdown on the 27th of February2010 at the Star and Shadow cinema in Battlefield, Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
And while we are travelling to the Far East, let’s remain a little longer and listen to Lionel (the K) from Paris, experimenting Indian style music on his ukulele.
If you feel like more Indian music, Al has mentioned another video in the comments which I think fits very well here even though it does not directly feature a uke. We don’t need to stretch too far to claim this video as the instrument played is a ‘four-string slide guitar’.