I received a Help Musician (Do it Differently Fund) to record & release my first fusion album, based on ancient South-Asian love poetry, western classical music & modern jazz.
The album brings together Urdu & English poetry, spoken word and improvised sound-scapes. The album’s historical influences draw upon 13th to the mid-20th century South Asian culture as well as my life in contemporary Britain. In my live concerts I provide a lot of cultural contextualisation of musical work for the curious listener.
The fund has allowed me to develop my repertoire that is ancient yet modern and tender yet sharp in its social resonance. Falling into a much celebrated, yet underfunded genre of world-music, this album would not be a possibility without such assistance.