The composer and singer blends ancient Eastern music with contemporary American influences to create a transcendent sound.
The Brooklyn-based Pakistani composer, songwriter and vocalist Arooj Aftab brings her spellbinding voice to Edinburgh. Her mesmerising blend of ancient Sufi music and Urdu lyrics transports audiences far away, updating the mystical sounds of South Asian devotional music with jazz or minimal classical arrangements and a warm stage presence.
Last year, Aftab was nominated for two Grammy® Awards; 'Best New Artist' for her album Vulture Prince and 'Best Global Music Performance' for her song 'Mohabbat'. She became the first ever winner of the 'Best Global Music Performance' award, as well as being the first ever Pakistani artist to win a Grammy® Award. ‘Mohabbat’ was also named as one the best songs of 2021 by Time and The New York Times and Barack Obama proclaimed himself a huge fan of the song.