Perspectives: Arooj Aftab

Perspectives: Arooj Aftab

Sunday, 13 October 2024, 8.00pm

Transformative may not be an urgent enough word to describe the multi-hyphenate creative Arooj Aftab. Rooted to a constellation of un-mappable margins and elegant refusals, she lithely moves against the weight of time and convention, honouring multiple traditions while being owned by none.

She eludes categorical capture through an expansive repertoire of study, including the techniques of music production and engineering as well a sprawling vocal practice that moves with cunning intention through and alongside jazz, South Asian classical music, pop, and blues. With and from these living, mercurial forms Aftab labours in design of something that she adoringly refers to as “global soul.” She is its erudite scribe and dark chanteuse, successfully convincing audiences all over the world that genres are a lie but she should be believed.

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