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About Arooj Aftab
An internationally acclaimed Sufi Musician, Vocalist and Songwriter, Arooj Aftab layers subtle, intricate, dynamic vocals over acoustic instrumentation, skillfully re-imagining indigenous soul with signature ‘cool.’ Paying homage to classical Sufi legends such as Abida Parveen and Reshma; neo-soul and jazz icons such as Sade and Ella Fitzgerald; and contemporary world musicians such as Marisa Monte and Fat Freddy’s Drop, Aftab presents an original, interactive sound embraced by young and old, South Asian and beyond. “Aftab’s ethereal voice swirls and dives in the delicate, complicated motions of her country’s long musical heritage.” ~ The Boston Globe “Arooj filled the space with her gentle yet surprisingly forceful vocal style.” ~ MTV Desi “Arooj has the unique ability to combine her training in traditional vocals with western instrumentation in a way that is both accessible to Western audiences and still very culturally unique.” ~ Anoushka Shankar “A girl like this, with drive and ability and goals, she's going to inspire a lot of people. That's how you get evolution.” ~ Steve Vai Arooj is also an Audio Engineer, Producer and Sound Designer – distinct in her field as a Pakistani female. A graduate from Berklee College of Music, she is driven by her passion for music, technology, high-quality audio, and attention to detail. Arooj’s experience as an emerging engineer is impressive; having worked with outstanding talents in film, music and radio, she has successfully established herself as a professional audio editor in New York City.
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