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DID YOU GUYS WANT TO KNOW WHO IS AROOJ AFTAB?
Born in Pakistan’s second largest city Lahore, Aftab moved to the US in 2005 to study at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. Now living in Brooklyn, she independently released her first album, Bird Under Water, in 2015 and found critical acclaim.
Describing her sound, a fusion of jazz and Sufi music sung to Urdu lyrics, as “neo-Sufi”, she followed up that success with her second album, Siren Islands, in 2018. The New York Times included the album in its list of 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2018, with writer Seth Colter Walls calling it “easily one of my favourite releases from the first half of this year”.
Mohabbat, which former US president Barack Obama included in his 2021 summer playlist, is from Aftab’s third album, Vulture Prince, released in April. Dedicated to her late younger brother, Maher, the album has been praised for its intensity and minimalism.
Music website Pitchfork described it as a “heartbreaking, exquisite document of the journey from grief to acceptance”.
Calling Mohabbat the album’s “centrepiece”, Aftab “transforms it into a slow-burn exploration of the pain of separation”, writes the magazine.
“Aftab sings, her voice afloat in grief so expansive that it seems to encompass the world, and whatever realms lie beyond.”
Speaking to NPR, Aftab called her latest album “very relevant” for the current times.