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Grammy winner Arooj Aftab drops latest album 'Love In Exile'

Noor Fatima 10:45 PM | 26 Mar, 2023
Grammy winner Arooj Aftab drops latest album 'Love In Exile'
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The first-ever Pakistani to secure the coveted Grammy Award, Arooj Aftab, is excelling in her career with yet another music album to add more to her already illustrious discography.

Aftab's latest offering will be a collaboration between American jazz pianist Vijay Iyer, Aftab herself, and a bassist-cum-Moog synthesist Shahzad Ismaily. The trio will also be touring across states for their diehard fans.

The trio was initially formed in 2018 and is now gearing up to bless its fans with melodious and catchy songs. The Udhero Na crooner took to Instagram to announce her latest album, titled Love In Exile, on February 23. 

Aftab captioned the post, "Wow this record is finally in the world. A journey in listening and trust, innovation and exploration, new stuff with ancestral touches, LOVE IN EXILE is the high art album of my dreams. Made in collaboration with very elevated beings Vijay Iyer and Shahzad Ismaily, I feel like a grown up now. Streaming everywhere, the vinyl is also beautiful you should get it. And we’re starting our tour! Swipe for dates"

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Discussing, reminiscing, and revealing their motives, plans, and ambitions behind their collaboration, the Mohabbat singer recalled collaborating with “very elevated beings; Iyer and Ismaily” for it, and expressed feeling all grown up. “Streaming everywhere, the vinyl is also beautiful you should get it. And we’re starting our tour! Swipe for dates,” she added.

Upon the Recording Academy's curiousity whether the trio's collaborative catalog is entirely improvised, pianist and Harvard professor Iyer detailed, “I don't even think that 'improvisation' is the right word for it, because it's actually just co-composition in real-time. It's not taking solos or something. It's really like, okay, well, this is what the song is. Whatever's happening now, this is the song. So, what should happen next in the song?”

The Rolling Stone’s Brenna Ehrlich best describes Love In Exile as “more akin to visiting some sort of beautiful, strange sonic landscape made from strings, keys, and breath.”

As per The Guardian, the album witnesses the 38-year-old “balancing her melismatic voice between entirely percussion-less, almost ambient soundscapes.” 

Reminiscing how she met Viajy, Aftab exclaimed, “I met Vijay at Merkin Hall in New York. I was invited to play a set before his set. He was doing this special collab. I knew Vijay and his music from before, and I had always been like, ‘Wow, this guy, he is amazing.’ So, meeting him, I was a little intimidated. May not intimidated, but definitely like, ‘Oh s—, it's Vijay.’ But we did a little collab that night — just an improv thing — and it felt really great. I was so surprised that it was so easy and so beautiful and so musical. You don't expect that just happening, you know? You have to work hard to find that sort of musical collaborator. And Shahzad, I had been [asked] lots here and there in New York, ‘Hey, do you know Shahzad?’”

Talking about her love and enthusiasm whilst producing a song in the studio, Aftab shared, “The approach is to pretend to be an instrument, to whatever extent that is possible as a vocalist. You need vowels and stuff, and you need words to really get things going. Sometimes, the words are the instrument too. They're actually the keys sometimes. So, I had fragments of poetry. Some of it's from Vulture Prince. Some of it's from Bird Under Water and some of it is completely new stuff. But I chose it based on the mood of where I thought the songs were going musically. It's not meant to be the song. It's not meant to tell the story. I think I wanted the three of us to be telling the story — not just me, the singer.” 

On the professional front, Aftab had been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best New Artist in 2022, winning the Grammy Award for Best Global Music Performance in 2022, and Pride of Performance in 2022. Her recent albums include Siren Islands (2018), and Vulture Prince (2021).

Noor Fatima

The writer is a staff member.

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Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - Dollar, Euro, Pound, Riyal rates on June 8, 2023

KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on June 08, 2023 (Thursday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 300 303
Euro EUR 319 322
UK Pound Sterling GBP 371 375
U.A.E Dirham AED 82.6 83.7
Saudi Riyal SAR 79 79.5
Australian Dollar AUD 202 204
Bahrain Dinar BHD 759.46 767.46
Canadian Dollar CAD 227 230
China Yuan CNY 40.28 40.68
Danish Krone DKK 41.09 41.49
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.4 36.75
Indian Rupee INR 3.46 3.57
Japanese Yen JPY 1.98 2.06
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 928.09 937.09
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 61.94 62.54
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.16 175.16
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.88 26.18
Omani Riyal OMR 742.38 750.38
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 78.38 79.08
Singapore Dollar SGD 222.5 225
Swedish Korona SEK 26.36 26.65
Swiss Franc CHF 313.87 316.35
Thai Bhat THB 8.21 8.36

Today's gold rates in Pakistan | gold price in Pakistan – June 8, 2023

Gold Rate Today:

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 226,500 on Thursday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs194,190.   

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs178,006 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 207,623.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

Gold Price in Pakistan: Lahore, Karachi, Islamabad

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Karachi PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Islamabad PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Peshawar PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Quetta PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Sialkot PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Attock PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Gujranwala PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Jehlum PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Multan PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Bahawalpur PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Gujrat PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Nawabshah PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Chakwal PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Hyderabad PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Nowshehra PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Sargodha PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Faisalabad PKR 226,500 PKR 2125
Mirpur PKR 226,500 PKR 2125

Daily Pakistan diligently monitors and updates the current gold rates in Pakistan on a daily basis

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