"I have been to the whole world for my performances and it's this Balochi Benjo which has taken me everywhere!" says Muhammad Ibrahim with gleaming eyes. Coming all the way from a small, humid and yet culturally rich town of Makli, Sindh, he is an artist keeping Balochi Benjo alive in the region.
An unlikely innovation, Balochi Benjo was adapted from the Japanese toy organ Taishogoto in 1919 by Gul Muhammad Baloch. Since then, others across Pakistan have learned it as well. Today, we can count the number of this instrument players on our two hands.
The instrument being featured in “Hum Aik Hain”, Coke Anthem, is another beautiful beginning of a new enthusiasm for Balochi Benjo and artists who are exponents of the art of playing it! Let’s help it propagate and evolve into the mainstream. The whole world needs to listen to its melodic sound! We wish that the modern string, guitar players and keyboard players of our country pick the Benjo up and learn this beautiful art.
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