#429: Vaults: Najma Akhtar

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For this 1990 New Sounds from the Vaults, Najma Akhtar, the UK-based singer, presents selections from her then brand-new CD, Qareeb. Najma is one of the very first artists to have created a fusion of Jazz and Indian Ghazal, doing updated arrangements of these ghazals (love songs and spiritual songs), along with traditional bhajans and the occasional Bollywood hit. Although she did not receive formal training in Indian classical music, Akhtar learnt the harmonium and vocal technique with Ustad Naeem Solaria. As a completely unrelated aside, she is also a graduate in Chemical Engineering.

PROGRAM #429 With Guest Najma Akhtar (First aired on Jan. 29, 1990)







Zikar Hai Apna Mehfil Mehfil" {3:00}
"Aroon Na Yad Magar" {9:00}
"Neend Koyi" {6:00}
“Apne Hathon" {7:00}
"Dil Laga Ya Tha" {7:00}

Shanachie #64009 http://www.shanachie.com/album.cfm?id=64009

Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

En Concert A Paris

Tarif: "Hajji Khwaja Qutb Farid" {9:00}

Ocora 3 CDs #559 072-74. This particular collection is out of print. The single CD, Ocora #559 073 is available at Amazon.com*, But there’s another boxed set (5 CDs), also available on Ocora Records at Amazon.com*

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