Saturday, August 13, 2016

Someone Else: Kiran Ahluwalia and "Haath Apne"

Kiran Ahluwalia, a singer of ghazals (ancient Arabic poetry) and Punjabi folk songs, performs our random tune for today. Kiran Ahluwalia 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, Haath Apne, is from her 2007 release Wanderlust.