AroojAftab is a Brooklyn-based Pakistani singer. She has grabbed the very prestigious Grammy award for the song Mohabbat. The award was given in the category of the best global music performance. After this award night, the 37-year-old composer-singer has become the first-ever Pakistani female to win a Grammy award.
Arooj was born in Saudi Arabia, and her parents are Pakistani expatriates. She spent her teenage years in Lahore and then went to the Berklee school of music in Boston for her further studies in music production and engineering. She has expertise in various music styles, including jazz, idioms, and neo-Sufi. After this big achievement of hers, she is being showered with the best wishes from all her friends and the music industry. However, it is still not clear whether Aftab is the first-ever Pakistani female artist to win a Grammy award or not.
Also, she was nominated for the best new artist. But, this award was grabbed by Olivia Rodrigo. The song “Mohabbat” appeared in her latest album named Vulture Prince, and it also made a mark in the 2021 summer playlist of the former US president Barack Obama.
The recording academy organized this 64th annual Grammy awards in Las Vegas on Sunday night. The Gala began with a mesmerizing performance by the Silk Sonic group and was hosted by Trevor Noah.
Arooj lives in New York for the last 15 years and has been constantly in limelight for her work. The main attraction of her compositions is the fusion of Sufi with jazz, folk, and minimalism.
Arooj has gained popularity through her worldwide performances. She has performed at various high-profile stages, including the museum of modern art and Lincoln center in New York. Talking to the media, she also praised all her fellow artists, including the kid Laroi and Saweetie.
The sensational Pakistani vocalist has already released three albums, and the latest of all is the Vulture Prince. The song Mohabbat is one of her best works till now. With the light music of guitar strings playing in the background, the song makes one feel soothing. This ghazal was originally sung by Farida Khanum and Mehdi Hasan and written by AfeezHoshiarpuri. Some of her famous songs include Suroor, BaghonMain, UdheroNa, and Mehram.
In an interview, she mentioned that her interest in Sufism grew after reading the 13th-century poetry written by Rumi. Her love for Sufi songs can be heard and seen in her songs that are inspired by the ghazals of Hoshiarpuri and Ghulam Ali. Her song Mehram is a collaboration with Asfar Hussain and Coke Studio. It is a song full of emotions and depicts heartfelt conversations.
On her success, we wish her good luck and pray that she keeps up the work with the same enthusiasm and zeal.