This Performance highlights and previews songs from Najma Akhtar's album Five Rivers and presents artistic musical and cultural diversity at its best.
Five Rivers is the dynamic progression of Najma's continued exploration of the poetic expressions of Ghazal from the East and the Western ballad, a perfect follow up, to her critically acclaimed 2009 collaboration with Grammy nominated guitarist Gary Lucas Rishte.
Based on subtle combinations of Delta blues, jazz, western folk music, Celtic music, light rock, North African blues, Najma also comfortably synergises a few selected classic covers with an Indian Vocal twist.
Five Rivers is a musical journey that starts in India with the Ganges, to Africa the River Niger, to the UK with the River Thames on to Ireland with the River Shannon and finally ending at the Mississippi Delta. The synergies that connect them are multifarious. It is the voice that tells the story and ballads of unrequited love are universal.
To acknowledge 70 years of the partition and independence of India and Pakistan.
Having eight critically acclaimed solo albums under her own name and has collaborated with many world-class artists, as diverse as Jah Wobble, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, Andy Summers, Basement Jaxx, to Jethro Tull, Philip Glass and many more, Najma embarks on her ‘Five Rivers’ musical journey. Her voice has been used in films, documentaries, theatre and her work has been widely acknowledged not only as a leading light in the development of East/West fusion in the West, but also as an independent Asian woman and feminist role model.
During the development of this project Najma has sought and been given the gracious blessing of legendary folk singer, Donovan, to interpret a selection of his songs, such as, Season of the Witch, Young Girl Blues and the Song of the Wandering Aengus.( A Yeats poem)
This Performance highlights songs from the album and presents artistic musical and cultural diversity at its best.