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Pakistani jazz group beats odds

Pakistani jazz group beats odds

The unifying power of music is rewardingly demonstrated in "Song of Lahore," a classy portrait of Pakistan's Sachal Jazz Ensemble, which despite considerable odds gained worldwide recognition with a little Internet assist.

Once the musical hub of its country's thriving film-scoring industry, the ancient city of Lahore had been effectively silenced since the late '70s by the Islamic regime of Gen. Muhammad Zia ul-Haq, relegating its once-revered musicians to the shunned lower caste.

With the oppressive climate beginning to loosen up in the 1990s, businessman Izzat Majeed gathered a group of master musicians in a soundproof studio and came up with the...