by ALEX AMBROSE
A few weeks ago, Q2 and NPR Music launched a crowdsourced project to determine listeners’ favorite composers under the age of 40 — and, by extension, those pieces which were shaping our contemporary musical scene and defining what it means to be a composer in the 21st century.
By SONIA MANSOOR
There was definitely a sense of suspension of linear time during the intimate Nowruz musical celebration at Zora’s Art Space by Arooj Aftab. What greater tribute can one offer Sufi music?
Lahore-born and raised Arooj Aftab is an emerging musician whose music is influenced by an array of artists – from traditional Pakistani singers to contemporary sounds from the likes of Erykah Badu. A self-taught guitarist, Arooj was one of four recipients of Berklee Music’s first merit-based scholarship, allowing this innovative musician to receive a formal music education at the acclaimed college.
Few young Desi musicians are as true to tradition as Arooj Aftab, a classically trained singer from Pakistan by way of Boston. Her soft voice and controlled vibrato add dimensions of depth to a single note.
Arooj Aftab is a true internet sensation. Her songs are often viewed on youtube and on her website. Arooj’s music is a breath of fresh air and hopefully she will come to Pakistan very soon and release an album here!
Composed first by guitar prodigy Aamir Zaki in 1995, this track has been covered many times. Arooj Aftab’s version of ‘Mera Pyar’ is a must listen, primarily because of her voice.
More than 100 musicians from various music genres pooled their talents to raise money for the Berklee City Music Outreach Program at the 12th Annual Encore Gala at the Boston Park Plaza Hotel on Saturday, an exclusive event with tickets costing $4,000 to $10,000 for a table of 10.
A prominent monthly magazine two years ago published a pull out poster with the who’s who of the Pakistani music industry. One of the striking features of the poster was that amidst an odd 50 musicians, only one was female i.e. Hadiqa Kiyani.