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Vulture Prince

Arooj Aftab

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Arooj Aftab is a young prodigy of Pakistani origin who has lived in Brooklyn since she was 18. This is the second album from this singer-songwriter (and what a singer!). Six years after Bird Under Water, her music is taking wing again and soaring even higher with Vulture Prince. She had hoped that this release would be filled with light and joy: but a family bereavement got in the way.  Her younger brother and a journalist friend both passed away as she was writing this album. The young woman set out to find a connection to life after death and to pay tribute to them. The album is dedicated to her brother Maher and the track Saans Lo is based on a poem by her friend Annie Ali Khan, with whom she had long been planning to collaborate. Arooj Aftab draws strength and originality from the blend of her mixed heritage. Her singing voice is inspired by the Indo-Persian traditions of earthly and divine love songs, by the ghazal form, and by Sufi poetry. Last Night is based on a poem by the founder of the whirling dervishes Jalâl ad-Din Rûmî, while Mohabbat is written around verses by Urdu poet Hafeez Hoshiarpuri. Musically, Arooj Aftab borrows deftly from jazz and mystical electronic music, which provides a perfect foil for her heavenly singing. Track after track, the music's radiance offers comfort and pure, deep euphoria. © Benjamin MiNiMuM/Qobuz

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1
Baghon Main
00:06:44

Joshua Valleau, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arooj Aftab, Producer, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Damon Whittemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Petros Klampanis, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Maeve Gilchrist, Harp, AssociatedPerformer - Darian Donovan Thomas, Violin, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Arooj Aftab

2
Diya Hai
00:05:40

Badi Assad, Guitar, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Joshua Valleau, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arooj Aftab, Producer, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Damon Whittemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Juliette Jones, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Jarvis Benson, Viola, AssociatedPerformer - Malcom Parson, Cello, AssociatedPerformer - Lady Jess, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Arooj Aftab

3
Inayaat
00:07:47

Joshua Valleau, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arooj Aftab, Producer, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nadje Noordhuis, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Damon Whittemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Petros Klampanis, Double Bass, Piano, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Maeve Gilchrist, Harp, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Darian Donovan Thomas, Violin, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Arooj Aftab

4
Last Night
00:05:58

Joshua Valleau, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arooj Aftab, Producer, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Damon Whittemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jörn Bielfeldt, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bhrigu Sahni, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Mario Carrillio, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Arooj Aftab

5
Mohabbat
00:07:42

Jamey Haddad, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Gyan Riley, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Shahzad Ismaily, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Joshua Valleau, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arooj Aftab, Producer, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Nadje Noordhuis, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Damon Whittemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Maeve Gilchrist, Harp, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Arooj Aftab

6
Saans Lo
00:07:31

Shahzad Ismaily, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer - Joshua Valleau, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arooj Aftab, Producer, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Damon Whittemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Kenji Herbert, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Annie Ali Khan, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2021 Arooj Aftab

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Suroor
00:05:12

Shahzad Ismaily, Synth Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Joshua Valleau, Mixer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Arooj Aftab, Producer, Vocals, Recording Arranger, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Damon Whittemore, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Petros Klampanis, Double Bass, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Maeve Gilchrist, Harp, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2021 Arooj Aftab

Album Description

Arooj Aftab is a young prodigy of Pakistani origin who has lived in Brooklyn since she was 18. This is the second album from this singer-songwriter (and what a singer!). Six years after Bird Under Water, her music is taking wing again and soaring even higher with Vulture Prince. She had hoped that this release would be filled with light and joy: but a family bereavement got in the way.  Her younger brother and a journalist friend both passed away as she was writing this album. The young woman set out to find a connection to life after death and to pay tribute to them. The album is dedicated to her brother Maher and the track Saans Lo is based on a poem by her friend Annie Ali Khan, with whom she had long been planning to collaborate. Arooj Aftab draws strength and originality from the blend of her mixed heritage. Her singing voice is inspired by the Indo-Persian traditions of earthly and divine love songs, by the ghazal form, and by Sufi poetry. Last Night is based on a poem by the founder of the whirling dervishes Jalâl ad-Din Rûmî, while Mohabbat is written around verses by Urdu poet Hafeez Hoshiarpuri. Musically, Arooj Aftab borrows deftly from jazz and mystical electronic music, which provides a perfect foil for her heavenly singing. Track after track, the music's radiance offers comfort and pure, deep euphoria. © Benjamin MiNiMuM/Qobuz

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