Arooj Aftab covers Rosalía for Spotify’s Best New Artist Series
Before the next GRAMMY Awards, Arooj Aftab released two Spotify Singles as part of the platform’s Best New Artist series. The singles feature a cover of Rosalía’s “Di Mi Nombre” as well as a reworking of Aftab’s song “Baghon Main”. Earlier this year, she was chosen as Spotify’s first EQUAL Ambassador for Pakistan. Aftab is nominated for Best New Artist and Best Global Musical Performance.
Aftab shared his feelings on both tracks: “I’ve always felt a very strong kinship with flamenco music, and recently, having visited southern Spain, even more undeniably. It’s always been in my periphery to do something with that energy. The catchy crudity of the palmas, the haunted voice. Totally my vibe. The opportunity to cover a previous Best New Artist pointed me straight to Rosalía. And even though it was a very ambitious choice, I had a great time versioning this song!
“’Baghon Main’ paints an image of a park or garden related to his childhood, with swinging swings. It’s a very melancholic and nostalgic song, thinking of a time that was once innocent and beautiful, now hazy in memory and on the verge of being forgotten.
Aftab also recently announced Vulture Prince (Deluxe Edition). The project is slated for a physical release on June 24 via Verve, including a new double LP pressing. Aftab has already shared the intimate debut single “Udhero Na,” featuring Anoushka Shankar.
“Udhero Na” (translation: “please cancel”) updates one of Aftab’s works with the electrifying sound of Shankar’s sitar and Maeve Gilchrist’s harp, adding a new layer of nostalgia. Unable to relieve herself of an infatuation, Aftab instead begs her beloved to release her from these feelings. The voices, soft but heavy with meaning, convey the conflicting emotions at play here.
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