Arooj Aftab. has 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 selected as Spotify’s inaugural EQUAL Ambassador for Pakistan. The track arrives Ahead of the upcoming GRAMMY Awards®, where she is nominated for Best New Artist and Best Global Music Performance,
Recently, Aftab announced Vulture Prince (Deluxe Edition), out June 24th on Verve Records, which includes the track “Udhero Na” featuring Anoushka Shankar, in addition to an all-star cast of performers: Badi Assad, Maeve Gilchrist, Jamey Haddad, Bhrigu Sahni, Kenji Herbert, Lady Jess, Jarvis Benson, Malcolm Parson, Jorn Bielfeldt, Shazhad Ismaily, Juliette Jones, Mario Carrillo, Petros Klampanis, Nadje Noordhuis, Gyan Riley, and Darian Donovan Thomas. This edition expands upon a record, Vulture Prince (2021), whose contents resonated with listeners far and wide.
Aftab shared her feelings on both tracks:
“I’ve always felt a very strong kinship to flamenco music, and recently having visited the south of Spain, even more undeniably so. It’s always been in my periphery to make something with that energy. The driving rawness of the palmas, the haunted vocals. Very much my vibe. The opportunity to cover a previous Best New Artist pointed me directly to Rosalía. And while it was a very ambitious choice, I had a great time versioning this song!
“”Baghon Main” paints a picture of a park or garden connected to one’s childhood, complete with swings swinging. It’s a very melancholic and nostalgic song, thinking of a moment that was once innocent and beautiful, that is now hazy in the memory and on the verge of being forgotten.”
Vulture Prince (Deluxe Edition)
1. Baghon Main (feat. Darian Donovan Thomas)
2. Diya Hai (feat. Badi Assad)
4. Last Night
6. Saans Lo
8. Udhero Na (feat. Anoushka Shankar)
Preorder Vulture Prince (Deluxe Edition) HERE