Arooj Aftab becomes the first Pakistani singer to win a Grammy | Music News

The New York-based singer has garnered worldwide attention for her work that fuses ancient Sufi traditions with folk, jazz and minimalism.

Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab scored her first Grammy, winning a prestigious trophy for her song Mohabbat in the Best Global Performance category.

The 37-year-old, who has lived in the US city of New York for some 15 years, has steadily gained global attention for her work which fuses ancient Sufi traditions with folk, jazz and minimalism. .

“I’m beyond thrilled,” the artist told reporters backstage at Sunday’s pre-gala ceremony, where the vast majority of awards are handed out. “He feels good.”

Born to Pakistani parents in Saudi Arabia, Aftab spent her teenage years in Lahore before moving to the prestigious Berklee School of Music in Boston to study music production and engineering.

She released her third studio album, Vulture Prince, to critical acclaim, and garnered even more attention after former US President Barack Obama included the track Mohabbat on his summer 2021 favorites list.

The Brooklyn-based singer has performed at a number of major New York venues, including Lincoln Center and the Museum of Modern Art, also opening for Mitski at Brooklyn Steel in 2018.

Speaking to AFP news agency in the days leading up to the Grammys, Aftab congratulated his fellow artists nominated for Best New Artist, a crop that includes favorite Olivia Rodrigo as well as rappers Saweetie and The Kid Laroi.

“We’re all so cool – the band itself is kind of like a win,” she said.

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