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Sanam is a Uyghur musical genre consisting of a continuous suite of dance pieces that progressively increase in tempo. The sanam is quite popular all over Xinjiang, and each city or area develops its own characteristic suite while following the same structure. The sanam is from Ili Valley, in the north of the Uyghur territory. The musicians are members of the large Uyghur diaspora in Central Asia. (During, Levin 2001)