Friday, April 13, 2012

M for Music

During the month of April I'll be posting daily in the A-Z Blogging Challenge.
My theme will be the Hunzas.
Today is M ...... for Music.

Have you ever noticed that happy people sing, dance and make music.

Hunza people are especially musical and their songs fill the valley as both men and women work side by side in the terraced gardens.

From my reading and conversations with Dr. Jensen, there seems to be a more liberal understanding between men and women than with most people of the Muslim religion. The women wear bright, vivid colors and do not normally cover their faces. The women dance and perform dances that resembles Flamenco.

"The Aga Khan Silver Jubilee Band" is their band of some renown. It was established during the 1990's and has become popular entertainment at the Hunza festivals and programs.

This is a group dance of the Hunzas performed during the "Apricot Blossom" festival.



  1. Hi Manzanita. The Hunza people certainly sound less rigid than other Muslims. It sounds like they've been blessedly free of the radical elements and their draconian ideas and haven't been subjected to other religions trying to convert them. Their existence seems to be balanced and harmonious.

    Sue: An A-Z of Climate Matters

  2. It's so interesting to learn about other cultures, and listening to lively music certainly is conducive to happiness. Julie

  3. Hi Manzanita .. sounds so much like a Scottish Pipe Band with bagpipes .. so interesting to hear and see..

    Thank goodness they're tucked away ..

    Love this - thanks so much .. cheers Hilary

  4. Agree with Hilary Melton-Butcher .. this piece somehow resembles Scottish tunes, though, at the very beginning, it reminded me of Balkan Gypsy brass bands... :)

  5. Just goes to show that there are all kinds of people. Stereotypes exist, but that doesn't mean everyone in a group adheres to it.

    Visiting from the A to Z Challenge. We're doing guest post writing tips.

  6. I KNEW we would get to the music eventually with yourself at the helm. What happy sounds. I agree with Hilary...that clip sounded in places like the bagpipes. Hope we get to see some dancing before the alphabet runs out.

  7. I imagine the singing would be heard for quite a way, bouncing off the mountainside, like yodelling in the Swiss Alps. Happy sounds.

  8. The music sounds a great deal like bagpipes and drums, very Scottish! Interesting.

  9. Never expected it to resemble more scottish tunes, very interesting.

  10. Greeting Manzanita,
    Humble apologies for my absence in visiting your superbly written blog in such a while. I've been doing a bit of a tour and checking out numerous blogs that are involved in this alphabet challenge.
    Anyway, I'm here now and the topic of "Music" is an excellent choice. In fact, when I finish my comment I shall proceed to sing, dance and make music. To heck with the neighbours! :)
    The Hunza people really get into their music. Part of the music sounded much like that of the bagpipes.
    All the very best with this challenge, dear lady. And indeed, "M" is for Manzanita! :)

  11. Sorry I missed the last couple posts but work has been killer this week...but I am here today and that video was too cool. I am loving the Hunza story!

  12. Music is so important, for everyone!

  13. I had the impression they were more isolated from the rest of the world, but I guess no one is that isolated any longer. Interesting band. I think I like their dancing better. :)

  14. This is interesting music. I really liked this post.

  15. Sue : The women seem to definitely have more freedom and the relationships between men and women appears to be more equal.

    Fran : Hey how are you? Ditto answer to you and Sue.

    Julie : They are known for their pleasant personality and singing and making music.

    Hilary : I do believe they use bagpipes in their classic music. I saw them on another video.

    Zara : Balkan gypsy bands...Interesting. Now I want to hear some of their music. :)

    Masquerade Crew : Definitely. Thank you for stopping and the nice comment.

    Delores : Ha Ha.... Probably everyone is wondering the same thing..... when I was bringing in the music and dancing.

    River : I never thought about that but if it's like the ski slopes, it would echo throughout all the mountains. Good observation. Thanks

  16. Bish : You musical people have noticed that. I did see on other videos that they were playing bagpipes.

    Pat :A Scottsman may have stumbled upon them in a blinding snowman. He stayed and married a local girl.

    Klahanie : Hope you are enjoying the challenge. Thanks for the comment.I hope you were dancing and I would love to turn on a video for that. Here's to dancing.

    Chuck : Never enough time. I don't know how some of the bloggers always post every day. We all take on a lot of projects.

  17. Rob Bear : Amen to that. In my life I do a celebration of music each day.

    Rubye : The Hunzas were isolated (pretty much so) until China and Pakistan financed the Karakaram Highway and it went by the Hunza valley. It took 20 years to build the highway because it was carved into the solid rock of the mountains. That post was letter K for Karakaram.

    Gina : Thank you for visiting and commenting. Nice to meet you.