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Pakistani Ukulele, Abdul Khan and the Projections, the K from Paris

17 2010

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’.

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  1. Al on the 18th of February 2010 @ 14:30

    That interview reminded me of something I meant to mention: Debashish Bhattacharya. It’s a bit of a stretch to call it a ukulele, but it has four strings and it’s about the size of a baritone. So maybe we should claim it.

  2. Armelle Europe on the 18th of February 2010 @ 17:38

    Al : thanks for the link. I agree we should claim this ‘four-string slide guitar’. The video blends very well with the other two mentioned in the post so I’ve added it there too.

  3. norman knight on the 14th of December 2010 @ 13:20

    According to Abdul, Urdu and Hindi are essentially the same language, but with slight variations. In Pakistan it is known as Urdu, some people say Punjabi. Its not cut and dried. I played some of our stuff to nepalese people in India recently and they understood the lyrics, which they said were in Hindi! Anyroad thanks for putting us on yr site, we are recording an album in Manchester at the moment, its going well! You tube footage of Uklear Meltdown is ace checkit out! all the best, Norman (of thre projections)

  4. Armelle Europe on the 14th of December 2010 @ 20:42

    Norman: thanks very much for dropping by and for taking the time to explain about Urdu and Hindi.
    All the best for your album recording.
    Keep us posted when it comes out.

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