It is mainly used as an instrument for folk and Punjabi folk singers use it to play traditional music such as "Jugni", "Jind Mahi" and "Mirza". It is also a famous choice among the musicians of UK for making contemporary Bhangra music and figures as a significant instrument in Rajasthani and Baloch folk music.
Structure of Algoze
A double flute made of bamboo, the Algoze works on the same principle as a bagpipe and is a tricky instrument to master. One of the two flutes usually plays a continuous drone while the other plays different notes.
How to Play Algoze
The musician actually plays it by using 3 fingers on each of the sides. Sound is then produced by breathing into it rapidly; the rapid recapturing of breath on each beat creates a bouncing, swing rhythm. The player has to master the art of breathing without letting the sound of the Algoze break even for a bit. The pairing of the Algoze with the Dhol in a piece of music produces a great sound.
Famous Players of Algoze
The greatest exponents of Algoze, however, are the Sindhi musicians namely; Late Khamisu Khan, Late Misri Khan Jamali and Akbar Khamisu Khan, son of Late Khamisu Khan. Gurmeet Bawa is another famous Punjabi folk singer to use the instrument in her songs.
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