If the holy month of Ramzan, which started last week, is a time to feed the soul rather than the stomach then this wonderful clip of a lost generation of Pakistani musicians more than hits the spot.
The Sachal Studios Orchestra is made up of retired musicians who were forced out of work under the dictatorship of General Zia. One had been selling fruit and veg, another had become a chai walla. Then London-based philanthropist Izzat Majeed offered to build a studio in Lahore and finance a jazz album.
The music, including covers of The Girl From Ipanema and Take Five, has rightly gone viral; the album is topping the western music charts and the orchestra is being hailed as the new Buena Vista Club. I do hope so.
There’s a full account of these wonderful musicians here by Declan Walsh in The Guardian