Charles Amirkhanian Collection ➔ Speaking of Music: Najma, 1991, 1 of 2

Digital Audio

Event Type
Interview and Music
C Amirkhanian
Program Series
Speaking of Music
Program Length
112 min
1 of 2
1991-10-03 | broadcast
| 1991-09-05 | created
Recorded on September 5, 1991 as part of the San Francisco Exploratorium’s Speaking of Music series, the acclaimed British born ghazal singer of South Asian ancestry, Najma Akhtar, and her band, are heard in concert as well as in conversation with Charles Amirkhanian. Trained as a chemical engineer but fortunately doing very well as a singer, Najma has successfully blended the traditional singing styles of her ancestors with the modern rhythms of pop music, and is recognized around the globe as one of the premiere practitioners of what has become to be known as world fusion music. In this program she and her band perform a number of songs from her numerous CDs as well as provide some background information on their origin and meaning.
World music
Musical Selections
Nikala -- Jane Kis Tara -- Jheel Mai -- Ghoom Charakana
Najma Akhtar, voice and harmonium
Paul Honey, keyboards
John Deemer, bass guitar
Ray Carless, saxophone
Nawazish Khan, violin
Sirish Kumar, tabla
Music -- India
Jazz fusion
World music
Motion picture music
Funding for the preservation of this program made possible through a grant by Save America’s Treasures, a program of the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.