Monday, April 11, 2016

Unfulfilled Desire: Kiran Ahluwalia and "Jaag Na Jaag"

Today's random tune is performed by Kiran Ahluwalia, a singer of ghazals (ancient Arabic poetry) and Punjabi folk songs. She was born in India, raised in Canada and now lives in New York City. Kiran Ahluwalia immersed herself in Indian classical music and ghazals from age seven and spent a decade of deep and intense study with her guru in the 1990s. Her music has developed and provided innovation of the ghazal music genre, often through the introduction of non-traditional instrumentation and styles such as the Portuguese fado guitar, sub-Saharan percussion, Celtic fiddle, Pakistani qawwali vocals, Afghani rhubab and African blues. She has also collaborated with other world artists such as Rez Abbasi, Inuit throat singer Tanya Tagaq and electronica group Delerium. This song, Jaag Na Jaag, is from her 2007 release Wanderlust.