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Watch a Pakistani military band play Boney M’s ‘Rasputin’ to commemorate fallen troops

The band played the song on Anzac Day, to commemorate the fallen troops from Australia and New Zealand at Gallipoli.

Each year on April 25, Australia and New Zealand observe Anzac Day to commemorate members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps – ANZAC for short – who served and died in wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations. Originally, the day was observed to honour those who fought at the Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey in 1915 against the Ottoman Empire during World War I.

The video above, which was posted to Twitter by Bharati Chaturvedi, shows a Pakistani military band playing retro-band Boney M’s Rasputin. According to Chaturvedi, the band played the song on Anzac Day, to commemorate the fallen troops at Gallipoli.

Chaturvedi also pointed out that Grigori Rasputin, the Russian mystic about whom the 1970s track was written, died in 1916, the year after the Gallipoli war. Rasputin was a friend and advisor of Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family. The song is also widely influenced by, and resembles, the Turkish folk song Katibim.

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