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'Broadcast One' - Dandelion Radio's 1st compilation album

For May we have sessions plus special shows - one related to Nirvana and the other the city of Sydney

Artist Info

Arooj Aftab

Arooj Aftab
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Powered by Audioscrobbler™Arooj Aftab (born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on 11 March 1985) is a Saudi-born Pakistani vocalist, music composer, and producer based in the United States. She works in various musical styles and idioms including jazz, minimalism, and neo-Sufi. Aftab won the News & Documentary Award at the 2018 Emmy Awards. She was nominated for the Best New Artist award, and won the Best Global Music Performance award for her song "Mohabbat", at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in April 2022. She became the first-ever Pakistani artist to win a Grammy Award.

Raised in Lahore, Pakistan, from the age of 10, Aftab came to prominence in Pakistan in the early 2000s when she developed a style that combines Sufi-mystical poetry with the spirit of independent rock. This sound catapulted her to stardom from a then fledgling underground and online music community in Pakistan. She eventually moved to the U.S., earned a degree at the Berklee School of Music, and now lives in New York City.

Her music is inspired by the poetry and musicality of Rumi, Abida Parveen, and other Sufi poets as well as the reworking of classical Pakistani and North Indian forms like khayal and kafi. She says Sufi words have impacted her writing: “It is very much about the feeling that (Sufi poetry) leaves you with: calmness, peace, patience, simplicity. And then sadness, longing, wandering, searching, openness, oneness. I try to take all these qualities and weave them into my music.” She is adamant that her music not be defined as retro; instead, she’d prefer that her music be understood as a new approach to an old form. She says her music is, “something new that’s both musically and politically resonant for the contemporary moment.”

In 2011, NPR listed Aftab as one of the Top 100 Young Composers of today, alongside names such as grammy award winning Esperanza Spalding and Fusion Jazz piano virtuoso Vijay Iyer. The New York Times included Aftab in their list of Best Concerts of 2012. TimeOut Magazine rated one of her collaborative projects in the Top 10 Classical Albums of 2013. Curious Animal Magazine listed Bird Under Water among the 10 best albums including Bjork, Sufjan Stevens and Kendrick Lamar.

Aftab has collaborated with world-renowned artists such as Meshell Ndegeocello, Esperanza Spalding, DJ /rupture, and Abida Parveen to name a few. She has performed her music at major venues such as the Lincoln Center, Highline Ballroom, Le Poisson Rouge, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. She has also been invited to perform at festivals such as The Big Ears Festival, The Ecstatic Music Festival and the SF Jazz Festival to name a few.

Her 2021 album "Vulture Prince" was named the best album of 2021 by Netherlands newspaper de Volkskrant, topping their year-end list. Brenna Ehrlich ranked the album sixth on Rolling Stone's "Best Music of 2021" staff list. The album was ranked number twenty by The Guardian newspaper on their list of the "50 best albums of 2021", and Laura Snapes named Aftab "[t]he year's biggest musical revelation". Although not ranked on the Los Angeles Times' top ten "Best Albums of 2021", it was, however, included on their "15 deserving albums" list.
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Upcoming gigs:

Thu 30 May 2024

Arooj Aftab: Night Reign Album Release show, Brooklyn, NY, United States

Concerts by BandsInTown

Fri 31 May 2024

Arooj Aftab: Rough Trade NYC, New York, NY, United States

Concerts by BandsInTown

Wed 26 Jun 2024

Arooj Aftab: Glastonbury Festival 2024, Pilton, United Kingdom

Concerts by BandsInTown

Fri 28 Jun 2024

Arooj Aftab: LIVE IS LIVE 2024, Antwerpen, Belgium

Concerts by BandsInTown

Sat 13 Jul 2024

Arooj Aftab: North Sea Jazz Festival 2024, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Concerts by BandsInTown

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