From the Archives: Salamat Ali Khan and Mohammad Tufail Niazi

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A few years ago, a dear friend, Anwar Jahangir, the Managing Director of Shalimar Recording and Broadcasting Company, one of Pakistan’s biggest music labels, gifted me an amazing collection of recordings.  Titled rather blandly, Music Pakistan, the recordings were culled from the archives of the state Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation’s extensive archives. The 57-CD collection represents the “first serious attempt to make the finest (Pakistani) music of the last 50 years available to listeners and home and abroad” and is an incredibly rich survey of this sad, and misunderstood country’s musical artistry. 

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