Alghoza : Introduction

Algoze (Punjabi: ਅਲਗੋਜ਼ੇ) is a pair of Punjabi woodwind instruments adopted by Sindhi, Rajasthani and Baloch folk musicians, also called Jorhi, Do Nally, Satara or Ngoze. It resembles a pair of wooden flutes. The musician plays it by using three fingers on each side. Sound is generated by breathing into it rapidly; the quick recapturing of breath on each beat creates a bouncing, swing rhythm.

How to play Alghoza?


It is generally used as a folk instrument and Punjabi folk singers use it to play traditional music such as Jugni, Jind Mahi, and Mirza. It is also a popular choice among UK musicians for making contemporary Bhangra music and figures as an important instrument in Rajasthani and Baloch folk music. The greatest exponents of Alghoza, however, are the Sindhi musicians (Late) Ustad Khamisu Khan, (Late) Ustad Misri Khan Jamali and Akbar Khamisu Khan (Khamisu Khan’s son). Gurmeet Bawa (from Punjab) is another famous folk singer to use the instrument in her songs.