Her voice cast a mesmeric spell: rich, full and flawless... – The Spectator

Boundary-breaking artist Arooj Aftab, has struck a chord worldwide with her transcendent music.  In 2021, her track "Mohabbat" from the critically acclaimed album, Vulture Prince, clinched the GRAMMY for Best Global Music Performance.

A singer, composer and producer, her “spellbinding music defies easy categorisation” (The Guardian) and harmoniously fuses a wide array of genres, from jazz, to minimalism, to Pakistani semi-classical.

Aftab’s album Vulture Prince, showcases her velvety and hauntingly beautiful vocals and was described by Pitchfork as a "heartbreaking, exquisite document of the journey from grief to acceptance." The album’s award-winning title track “Mohabbat” was named as one the best songs of 2021 by Time and The New York Times. 

Audiences are in for a real treat as Aftab performs tracks from Vulture Prince as well as new music from her upcoming album.

Sung almost entirely in Urdu, accompanied by acclaimed bassist Petros Klampanis and virtuoso guitarist Gyan Riley, the emotional pull of Aftab’s music is universal.

Combining tradition and innovation in a way that's nothing short of sublime, secure your tickets for this musical gem this Festival.

Presented by arrangement with Arts Projects Australia


Ko Arooj Aftab tēnei, he kaiwaiata, he kaitito, he tumu whakaputu, tē taea, te whakarōpū i te momo o āna waita, he pēra raw ate auaha, te autaia.  Ko tana kōpae a Vulture Prince te kaiwahakatairanga i te rerehua, i te aweawe, me te pārekareka o tōna reo waiata, ka mutu, he reo taketake te nuinga o āna titonga.

Ko Petros Klampanis tana kaiwhakatangi aho panguru, ko Gyan Riley te kaiwhakatangi rakuraku, ā, mā te tokotoru ka tino reka, ka auaha, ka rere ki wāhi kē ngā whakaaro, i te rangirua me te rangitāmiro o tā rātou tangi, ki te reo rōreka o Arooj Aftab.

Artist Credits

Arooj Aftab - Vocals

Gyan Riley - Guitar

Petros Klampanis - Bass



$79.00 – $99.00

A-Reserve $99.00
B-Reserve $79.00

Michael Fowler Centre


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