arooj aftab debut album

a fresh repertoire of compositions honoring ancestral roots,
paying tribute to Pakistani and Pre-Partition legends of South Asian music,
and to poetry inspired by all Sufiana walks.
a holistic collaboration aspiring toward a collective healing and mystic celebration.

part of Rebuild Pakistan

an initiative started during the Pakistan Flood Crisis in 2010 to promote a vision of peace and healing for Pakistan – inspiring a global community to rebuild perspective on Pakistan, and urging the people of Pakistan to actively engage in rebuilding their homeland.

with the loving support of human development foundation, arooj & friends offer a dynamic voice within a larger movement to transcend borders that imprison our bodies, minds and spirits, and to approach one another as vitally interconnected within a collective whole.

twitter: @rebuildpakistan


a community collaboration

from june 25th to july 10th,
arooj, bhrigu, mario & jorn
transformed a brooklyn brownstone into a recording studio
and a gathering space for musicians, videographers, designers,
painters, photographers, dancers, and performance artists
to play ~ dance ~ sing ~ eat ~ share ~ improvise & create
in solidarity and alignment, politically, spiritually.

arooj is now in the process of mixing the album,
sifting through hours of precious material
to weave together the ultimate offering
to nourish, inspire & uplift soul.

the album will be released in september.
stay tuned for videos of the installation!



sound engineers :

alex syner
arooj aftab
joshua valleau

guest chefs & other organizers :
tejpreet saini : zoravar dhaliwal : kismet hernandez : c. sala hewitt : tadashi dozono : naima penniman : kala : adaku utah : nefertiti dakini : sanam waheed : radhika singh

videographers :
daniel hilsinger
cary mcclelland
frances bodomo




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[photographs by daniel hilsinger, anum awan & sanam waheed]






guest musicians :
sonny singh : trumpet
magda giannikou : accordion
stelios michas : guitar
grey mcmurray & knights on earth
gurwinder singh : tabla

dance :
rajiv purohit : kathak dancer & choreographer
priya pandya : semiclassical, folk & bollywood dancer
penelope armstead-williams : modern dancer & choreographer

visual art :
alixa & naima of climbing poetree : poet ~ painter ~ performer duo
shalalae jamil : contemporary artist
nadia janjua : artist & architectural designer
quan x : illustrator
oasa duverney : illustrator & artist


photography :
ali khurshid : photographer
natanya khashan : photographer
abeer hoque : writer, photographer, and editor.
arif ullah : community organizer & photographer
anum awan : artist & designer
sabelo narasimhan : community builder & photographer

film & comics :
ramchand pakistani : mehreen jabbar
without shepherds : cary mcclelland
ramayana : gotham chopra