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Benjamin Zand is in Karachi to seek out the best in modern Pakistani music, and Henry Golding is in Thailand, training to take on some serious kickboxers.


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Now on BBC News it's time for the Travel Show.

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Coming up on this week's Travel Show: Ben is seeking

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We are watching two beat boxers perform to an audience full

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of young people eating pizza and enjoying life whilst they are

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I am about to step in the ring with Momo.

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# Spend my life in this sweet surrender...

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And we're hitting the high notes in Manila.

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This is a country that some governments

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say you probably shouldn't visit as a tourist, Pakistan.

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Terror-related incidents, kidnappings and political

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turmoil have all taken their toll on the country's reputation.

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And as the country prepares to celebrate its

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70th anniversary of independence, the Travel Show's Benjamin Zand

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packed his backpack and headed for Karachi.

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I was in Karachi, Pakistan, on the search for some good news.

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As a man who likes music, like pretty

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world I thought it would be a good place to start.

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So I decided it was time to check out Karachi's music scene.

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Historically, being a musician here has been hard.

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Musicians and gigs have often been targeted by religious extremists.

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But I had heard that things were getting better and some great

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tunes and artists were coming out as a consequence.

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So on an insanely hot day in July I find out more.

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Official, on Facebook, who is ultimately the control freak

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We have got Simon who says, in my car I am the one in charge

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as I am the only one who sits in front.

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What is it like being a musician here?

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It is but it has become a lot better to the point that we have actually

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come out and started doing more outdoor events.

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We have food festivals, we have music festivals.

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We have lots of concerts in the last year.

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People are not afraid any more to come out and go to a concert.

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Is that these kind of young musicians who are just like,

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I don't care, I'm going to be a musician?

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There was a music festival that took place in Lahore about a month ago.

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A week before the event there was a really tragic bomb blast

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took place in Lahore so we had to figure out

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whether we were going to have the event or not

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Not out of any other reason than the fact that it should happen

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regardless of what is happening in the city.

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I wanted to see for myself how Pakistan was changing.

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And meet someone from this new era of artists.

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The name they gave me was Ali Gul Pir.

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This is a really cool song by Ali Gul Pir who is a comedian

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and rapper who has written about social class issues and stuff.

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Ali raps about society and social injustice.

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In this video, Waderai Ka Beta, which went viral across Pakistan,

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he raps about the issues the country has with feudalism.

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As a consequence he is now pretty famous and he agreed to meet me.

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Are you Ali? Hey.

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Sorry for being late. Long time.

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I know. How's it going?

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Ali was jamming with his friends, preparing for a gig

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I talk about issues that we face as a society.

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It is something like there is a song about feudalism,

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There is another song about people who stare at women.

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I grew up with a single mother and I saw her face a lot of that

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Youtube was banned in Pakistan so I made a song about that.

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There were times when I used to get death threats but I just focused

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on the love that I got and I realised that if this

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is what I want to do for my future then I have to deal with that.

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Do you get nervous when you go to these gigs?

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The situation right now is better but we have been through some tough

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Pakistan has been through a rough patch.

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That is the more reason why we need to perform,

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If somebody feels unsafe they should come over and watch the show

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Ali wanted me to go with him to his gig so of course I said yes.

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It was the first time Ali would ever be playing in Hyderabad

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I left the band to go and prepare for the show elsewhere.

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Music and food festivals aren't too common here in Hyderabad.

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Everyone is a lot younger than I thought.

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While I was waiting for Ali to arrive I made some friends.

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And eventually had a chat with the guy who arranged

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The view from a lot of people will be, Pakistan shouldn't have

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music events because if they do

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People would not expect to see something like this in Pakistan.

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All the negative aspects of that are shown in the media.

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We have families who come out and enjoy their lives.

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We're not intimidated by any wrong activities or terrorist activities.

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This could not be more different from the image most people get

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We are watching two beat boxers perform to an audience full of young

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people eating pizza and enjoying life waiting for a rap group

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I only know Justin Bieber. You only know Justin Bieber?

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Yes. I am a very great fan.

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I have done hundreds of shows but I still get nervous

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Before he went on stage I decided to ask why he puts himself

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By the end of the show I go home and I go like,

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great, I made them dance, and I made them think as well.

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A lot of people when they think of Pakistan think of the Taliban,

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terror, and they would think that being a musician would be difficult

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My content gets me into trouble with some bad people but you can see

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You don't have to be nervous about security because it happens

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and if it is going to happen it is going to happen.

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I have never been shot at while performing

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They are more or less the same people.

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They just want to survive and make a good living.

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In the end of the day they just want to make a living.

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At the end of the day somebody goes back home happy,

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A little bit of happiness, a little bit of hope.

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That's where the risk is. It might not work, but if it does, it'll be

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the best. I'm trying not to get

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knocked off my feet. And we're searching

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for singing stars in Manila. The Travel Show, your essential

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guide wherever you're heading. Japan can lay claim to many crazes

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that have swept the world but now people in another country say

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they are responsible for one of Japan's biggest

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entertainment exports. And they are just as passionate

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as the Japanese about showing So we took a trip to Manila,

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Philippines, to meet them. # This is a man's world.

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# This is a man's world. We love to sing here

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in the Philippines, karaoke. My ideal type of song to sing

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for an audience is something that speaks about love, something that

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speaks about broken hearts, I'm the daughter of the inventor

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of the singalong system or karaoke. My father introduced the singalong

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system in the Philippines in 1974. Let me show you a sample of one

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of the singalong systems my father With the introduction of the karaoke

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many Filipinos were able to afford to have their own machine

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at home and it provided There was a new set

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of venues to go to. An example of that is

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happening right now. We love to sing female pop belter

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songs, we love to sing that It is getting late here in Manila,

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it is already dark, it is the perfect time

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for a karaoke session. # I would stay awake just

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to hear you breathing, watch you smile while you are

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sleeping, while you're far # I could spend my life

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in this sweet surrender, # I could stay lost

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in this moment forever. The Filipinos really

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know how to sing. It has been proven all over

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the world that we have entertainment They wash their clothes,

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they are singing. # Together we can take it

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to the end of the line Nothing I can say, tote all clips of

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the heart. -- total eclipse. # Total eclipse of the heart.

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Finally this week, I am in Bangkok. It is said to be developed by Thai

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warriors. It became known as the art of something. Hands, shins and

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elbows and needs are used as points of contact -- knees. They battle it

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out in towns across the country. Only the best to make it here to the

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stadiums of Bangkok. This is the stadium that is the oldest of its

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sort. It has held many legendary battles and tonight is no different.

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A lot of foreigners and tourists. You can watch several bouts made up

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of five rounds. The person who lands the most hits on an opponent 's body

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wins around. Like boxing, you can win by knockout. The atmosphere is

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amazing. You have the strong smell and the fighters are impressive. It

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is high octane. Despite the popularity and the skill in fault,

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it has been granted recognition. Fans hope it will be part of the

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2020 games. These fighters are astonishing watching them up close

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and personal. Some bright spark decided it was for me to try it out

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first hand. Tomorrow I am heading over to a camp that trains the

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fighters from all over Thailand. I hope I don't come out the other end

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to banged up. I head 45 minutes to the north of Bangkok to the gym

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where some of the country's top challengers train. You can stay at

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camps throughout the car -- Thailand ladies but this is known as the top

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first. These guys at half. Really, really calf. They are the best. --

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they are task. Really tough. They are made of tough stuff. These guys

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train twice a day. They are determined to make me sweat

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even more. It's all about balance. You think of leaning into a punch.

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The wait is evenly distributed. It's like breaking habits. It takes years

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to master the practice. I'm about to step in the ring with the top

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contender in Japan. He looks really mean. Look at his abs. They look

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ridiculous! I have fair way to go yet. Practice. Going to call it a

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day. These guys are finely tuned. I have had the tiniest of training

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here. It's been absolutely amazing but my time here is done by Hope you

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enjoyed my agony. Coming up on next week 's travel show. We begin a

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journey from the far west of the south-east is India as the country

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celebrates 70 years of independence. If there is one defining legacy of

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British wool, the vast sprawling creaking the Indian rail network. It

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is still the lifeblood of the country today. Join us about if you

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can but don't forget you can follow us wherever we are in the world by

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joining our social media feeds. All of the details are on your screens

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and now. But from me and the rest of the team here in Bangkok, Thailand,

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it

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Benjamin Zand is in Karachi to seek out the best in modern Pakistani music, and he takes a trip out of town to a festival.

Henry Golding is in Thailand, training to take on some serious kickboxers, and coming off second best.

And we are warbling in the Philippines with some serious karaoke devotees.