Balochi music

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Balochi music (or Baluchi music) refers to music performed by the Baloch people in Balochistan, southern Oman, some parts of Afghanistan and Middle East. Baluchi music is very rich and played with varieties of traditional instruments. Due to their demographics and strong cultural values, the Baluch people have been able to keep the their rich traditional heritage alive. The art of playing double flute is traditional to Baluch and can be seen in many parts of present-day Baluch geography. One of the most famous Balochi artist is Rostam Mirlashari who is known as the "prince of Balochi music".[citation needed]

Major instruments[edit]

Before the 1950s The Suroz Was only played in The Balochistan Region. Today the instruments used in Baluchi music can also be found throughout modern day Kurdistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The most commonly used instruments in Baluchi folk music are Tanbur, long-necked lutes. Lutes have been present in Mesopotamia since the Akkadian era, or the third millennium BCE. Dohol a large cylindrical drum with two skin heads, it is the principal accompaniment for the Surna an ancient Iranian woodwind instrument that dates back to the Achaemenid Dynasty (550-330 BCE). Ney which is also commonly played with using single or double flutes. Suroz, a Baluchi folk violin is also commonly played. Other Baluchi musical instruments include: Tar, Saz, and others.

Traditional Baluch dances[edit]

Dances performed by Baluch people:


An ancient Persian dance mostly performed by forming a circle by a group of people, dancing and clapping. Do-Chapi almost always includes Surna and Dohol.


Main article: Liwa (music)

Lewa is also a Baluchi dance of Sheedi origin, performed mostly by a group of people in a circle with hand movements. Lewa almost always includes a Surna and Dohol.

Baluchi music composers and performers[edit]

  • Faiz Mohammad Faizok Dagarzai
  • Ustad Abdul Sattar Baloch
  • Ustad Mohammad Shafee Baloch
  • Wali Mohammad Baloch
  • Mureed Buledi
  • Mulla Kamal Khan
  • Mulla Musa
  • Mulla Ghulam Qader
  • Qadir Bakhsh Qadok
  • Mulla Mazar
  • Amina Tuti
  • Noor Khan Bizanjo
  • Noor Mohammad Nooral
  • Arif Baloch
  • Naseer Ahmed Baloch
  • Akhtar Channal Zahri
  • Ali Raza Askani
  • Asim Baloch
  • Qasim Gazichi
  • Bakshi Baloch
  • Saeed Borhanzahi
  • Muslim Hammal
  • Shah Jaan Dawoodi
  • Rostam MirLashari
  • Samina Kanwal
  • Hafeez Baloch
  • Basit Baloch
  • Sarwar Baloch
  • Waqar Baloch
  • Shabana Nushi
  • Rasul Baksh Panjguri - senior
  • Rasul Baksh Panjguri - junior
  • Azim Baloch Panjguri
  • Hussain Safar
  • Allah Buksh Murad
  • Hameed Shareef
  • Liaqat Abid Kharani
  • Inayat Gull Kharani

Audio and Video files of Balochi music performers[edit]

See also[edit]