Algoza

The algoza is a Punjabi woodwind instrument adopted by Sindhi folk musicians, also called a Jorhi or Ngoza. 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. Algoza is generally used as a folk instrument and Punjabi folk singers use it to play traditional music such as Jugni, Jind Mahi, and Mirza. However, it is also a popular choice among UK musicians for making contemporary Bhangra music. The greatest exponents of Alghoza, however, are the Sindhi musicians Khamisu Khan, Misri Khan and Akbar Khamisu Khan(son of Khamisu Khan).