Sindhi music

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Music from Sindh province is sung in Sindhi, and is generally performed in either the "Baits" or "Waee" styles. The Baits style is vocal music in Sanhoon (low voice) or Graham (high voice). Waee instrumental music is performed in a variety of ways using a string instrument. Waee, also known as Kafi, is found in the surrounding areas of Balochistan, Punjab, and Kutch.

Sindhi Sufi music[edit]

Shah Jo Raag[edit]

The traditional compilations of Shah Jo Risalo by Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai include 30 Surs (chapters) which are sung as raags. The oldest publications of Shah Jo Risalo contained some 36 Surs, but later most of the linguists discarded 6 Surs, as their language and content did not match with the Shah's style. Recently, Dr. Nabi Bakhsh Baloch, the most renowned linguist of Sindhi language has compiled and printed a new edition after 32 years of research in folk culture, language and history of Sindhi language. Renowned singer Abida Parveen has recorded all of Shah's sur in her 11 volume CD Shah jo Risalo releasing it in December 2013.

The traditional 30 Surs included in Shah Jo Risalo are:

  • Bilawal
  • Kalyaan
  • Yaman Kalyaan
  • Khanbhaat
  • Suri Raag
  • Samundi
  • Sohni
  • Sasui Aburi
  • Maazuri
  • Desi
  • Kohyari
  • Husaini
  • Laila Chanesar
  • Mumal Ranu
  • Marvi
  • Kaamod
  • Ghatu
  • Sorath
  • Kedaro
  • Sarang
  • Asaa
  • Ripp
  • Khahori
  • Barwo Sindhi
  • Ramkali
  • Kapa'iti
  • Purab
  • Karayal
  • Pirbhati
  • Dahar

Instruments used in Sindhi music[edit]

Common instruments used in Sindhi regional music include:

Famous Sindhi musicians[edit]

Abida Parveen is a famous musician hailing from Sindh.

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