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Grammy Award-winning musician Arooj Aftab is a creative force to be reckoned with. Since bursting onto the scene in the early 2010s, the Pakistani singer, composer, and producer has transcended boundaries of genre and geography to produce an impressive body of work. She mixes elements of jazz, indie pop, folk, and various other genres to create lush soundscapes the listener won’t soon forget. Join us for an intimate evening with one of the world’s most inventive songwriters.
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ABOUT AROOJ AFTAB
Arooj Aftab is a Grammy-award winning singer, composer, and producer based in the United States. She works in various musical styles and idioms, including jazz and minimalism.
Aftab 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.
On the 75th diamond jubilee anniversary of Pakistan, President Arif Alvi awarded her the Pride of Performance Award, the highest literary award for showing excellence in the field of art and music. Aftab was born to Pakistani parents expatriated in Saudi Arabia. When she was about 10 years old, they returned to their native Lahore, Pakistan. She learned to play the guitar in autodidact and gradually acquired her singing style while listening to Billie Holiday, Hariprasad Chaurasia, Mariah Carey, and Begum Akhtar. Her renditions of “Mera Pyaar” and “Hallelujah” went viral and launched the Pakistani indie scene.
Aftab moved to the United States at the age of 19 in 2005 and earned a degree in music production and engineering at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. She moved to New York in 2010 and began working as an editor and scoring films. Since her graduation, Aftab has lived there, being part of the city’s jazz and “new music” scene.