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>> This doesn't look like your normal boy band but these musicians are attracting similar fame and following. Hailing from Lahore, the second largest city in Pakistan. The Sachal Jazz Ensemble has performed across the world and has garnered millions of views on YouTube.>> I'm Havovi Cooper for Reuters at the UN General Assembly in New York.
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Where the Sachal Jazz Ensemble is taking Eastern musical instruments and performing Western jazz hits like Dave Brubeck's Take Five.
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Noor Fatima and her husband started this jazz orchestra, bringing together what seems like an unlikely combination of music, but has several similarities.>> The structure of our classical music was very similar to the jazz structures. For instance, there is a basic structure, there is a tune and then each performer plays a solo bit in it and then comes back to the tune.
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The same thing used to happen in our classical structure which was the Jugal Bandi. Everybody would do their bit and then come back, so the structure was very similar.>> The band gets its unique eastern sound from the sitar, tablas, and of course the flute manned by Baqir Abbas, who has been playing the instrument for 30 years.
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Abbas says he thinks of the band's mission as going beyond simply music.>>
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> Usually there's bad news coming out of Pakistan so we're happy when we can present a different side of Pakistan through our music.>> And it's not always easy being an artist in Pakistan.
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Just last year a famous spiritual singer was gunned down by the Taliban in Karachi, targeted because his music was considered blasphemous.>> That's bit of a shame, you know why, because Pakistanis love music everywhere, you listen in a rickshaw, at a tea stall, everywhere, they love music.>> Fearing violence and looking for more exposure, Pakistani musicians sometimes turn to neighboring Bollywood for their big break.
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