Arooj Aftab’s latest protégée

“An enthralling debut.” 8/10 (Uncut)

“Hauntingly intense” (The Hindu)

“Magical edge-of-your-seat stuff.” **** (Mojo)

“Flawless.” (Loud and Quiet)

“A haunting commentary on displacement, immigration and imagined homelands.” (Vogue India)

Sheherazaad (US) is Arooj Aftab‘s latest protégée (check out her Vulture Prince, one of the most wonderful albums of 2021). Her name is a nod to the Persian storyteller of the tales from One Thousand and One Nights. Sheherazaad – born in the US – has Indian roots and recently impressed with her EP Qasr on the well-reputed Erased Tapes (see too: Hatis Noit, Ólafur Arnalds). Arooj Aftab: “Sheherazaad has the courage to scrap 90 percent of the instrumentation. In doing so, she really makes the music sing”. 

The Skinny also trumpeted its praise: “’Qasr’ draws from folk, Indian classical stylings, pop, even jazz and flamenco. Utterly compelling listening, arresting and refreshing in equal measure.” We shamelessly make use of the word R-E-V-E-L-A-T-I-O-N. 

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