Autumn has begun with Najma giving performances around England.
We hope that you are able to make one of them.
Presenting songs & poetry, expressed through the music of Indian Ghazal & Western Folk. Connecting vocal expressions through the rich musical landscape of the cultures that surround them. Najma Akhtar is a British Asian singer songwriter. Her voice has been described as “a heaven-sent gift” (Songlines), “immaculate” (The Guardian) and “enchanting and splendid” (All Music Guide). She has collaborated with many world-class artists, including Jimmy Page & Robert Plant, Andy Summers, Basement Jaxx, Jethro Tull and Philip Glass.
Saturday 18th July : Night of Festivals - Barking , London, England
Abbey Green UK (30 min. Free performance)
Performance – Performance Dome 3.30pm (Semi- acoustic trio set)
Sunday 19th July : RhythmTree Festival - Isle Of Wight, England
Performance – Main Stage – 2.30pm (Band set)
Saturday 29th August 2015 : The Bank Eye: Suffolk, England
2 Castle Street, Eye, Suffolk. IP23 7AN. UK - 01379 873495
Performance – 7.15pm ( Semi- acoustic trio set)
Saturday 5th Sept 2015 : One World Folk Festival' Tottenham. London, England
Najma invited to accompany Irish folk-flautist & multi-instrumentalist Jacquelyn Hynes at the 'One World Folk Festival' as part of her 'Silver and Wood' tour. Venue/ Stage : The Shell Stage
Performance time - 4.15pm - 4.50pm
Lordship Recreation Ground, Lordship Lane, Tottenham, London N17 6NU, England
Saturday 26TH September 2015 – Eid Special Traditional music performance
Venue : Birmingham, England
Performance time – 9.00 pm - 11.00pm
Friday 2nd Oct 2015 Night of Festivals - Leicester, England
Performance – 9.00pm (Band set)
Venue - Main Stage - Humberstone Gate Leicester LE1 1WA UK
Friday 9th Oct 2015 - Brunel University Lunchtime Concert Series, England
Performance – 1.15pm (Duo)
3rd in a series of lunchtime concerts - Brunel University Arts
Fri 9th October 2015 - Village Hall, West Buckland, Devon (not the Somerset West, Buckland), England
Performance – 8.00pm ( Semi- acoustic trio set)
Saturday 10th Oct -The Yoga Barn, Lee ( Semi- acoustic trio set)
Venue : Lincombe Lee, Woolacombe, Devon EX34 8, England Tel 01271 862906
Friday 16th Oct 2015 The Railway Venue - Bolton, England
Performance – 9.00pm (Band set)
37 Chapeltown Road, Bolton BL7 9LY. UK Tel: +44(0)1204 306450
Read a preview of the concert.
Saturday 17 October 2015 - Musicport – Whitby, England
Venue; Main stage, The Whitby Pavilion, West Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire YO21 3AJ UK (Band set)
Performance – 2.00pm (Band set)
Mysterious, sensual and bewitching, Najma divulges tales of the heart through song and poetry drawing on both Indian Ghazal and Western Folk traditions.
One of world music’s innovators, over two decades Najma has brought together western jazz and Indian classical to create her own distinct style. For this Routes South West tour she presents the romantic Urdu poetry of the Ghazal in song, exploring lyrics written by traditional and contemporary Sufi writers. One of the earliest forms of romantic poetry, with roots back to the 6th century, a Ghazal is essentially a love poem, one that meditates on the pain of loss or separation as well as the beauty of love despite that pain. Woven amongst these are traditional English and Irish ballads, capturing the universal nature of the heart.
Using both the traditional and contemporary Indian singing styles, Najma performs with her five piece band on Indian harmonium, violin, bass, percussion and guitar. Together they create a rich, evocative sound world which underpins Najma’s soulful voice and transports the audience through the powerful emotions the songs convey.
Najma established herself as a pioneering vocalist during the late ‘eighties with her widely acclaimed first album ‘Qareeb’, introducing jazz to the traditional repertoire of Ghazal. This album was hailed as a groundbreaking recording in the world music scene and has since paved the way for many artists of Indian descent and she has collaborated with Jimmy Page, Phillip Glass, Robert Plant and Basement Jaxx.
Now with seven solo albums to her name, Najma’s music encompasses world jazz, Asian Underground, blues and more. Utterly distinct, she has received huge critical acclaim from Rolling Stone magazine which praised her ‘effortless artistry and emotional daring‘ to The Observer which noted that ‘The pure soaring arc of Najma’s voice remains above emulation’.
This special programme promises a mesmerising and intimate musical evening exploring the heart’s sorrow and euphoria through the evocative sound of Najma’s British and Indian roots.
Najma Akhtar - voice & harmonium
Chris Haigh - violin
John Deemer – bass guitar
Ramon Goose - guitars, harmonica and backing vocals
Either Eric Ford - Tabla and Percussion (September dates)
Or Matt Fisher - Tabla and Percussion (October dates)
Fri 26 Sept 7.30pm TEWKESBURY Roses Theatre, GL20 5NX
Sat 27 Sept 8pm DORCHESTER Arts Centre
Tues 28 Oct 8pm BRISTOL The Lantern Colston Hall, BS1 5AR
Wed 29 Oct EXETER Phoenix
Thurs 30 Oct 7.45pm BARNSTAPLE, Queen's Theatre, EX31 1SY
Fri 31 Oct 8pm CALSTOCK Chapel Arts Centre
Tues 4 Nov 7.45pm LONDON, Rich Mix