Najma Akhtar
Vocalist and songwriter
Najma Akhtar
Najma Akhtar born in the UK, also known as Najma, is a British singer of Asian ancestry. She was born in 1964 Chelmsford, England. Najma studied chemical engineering at Aston University, Birmingham: her father, brother and sister are also engineers. In 1984 she won the Birmingham Asian Song Contest, and in 1987 produced her first album. Najma has been recognised by her work as a pioneer in using subtle jazz arrangements with the traditional South Asian vocal ghazal style.
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'Discriminatory' promotions of CDA stenographers resented - PakistanToday.com.pk
Google News - over 5 years
CDA HRD Deputy Director General Najma Akhtar, when approached, declined to comment on the decision of the board, saying that she was not at liberty to speak on the issue. CDA spokesman Ramzan Sajid was also not available for his comment
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Songwriter With a Global Guitar
NYTimes - almost 6 years
The music business has never quite known what to make of Gary Lucas. Go to a site for streaming or downloading songs, and you may find his music consigned to a vague category called ''other.'' Look him up in standard reference works, and he's likely to be referred to as a ''legendary left-field guitarist'' whose work is ''eclectic'' or just plain
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Oh, All Those Wacky Celebrities!
NYTimes - over 20 years
Pete Townshend of the Who, having just bought a Martin guitar from Ron Wood of the Rolling Stones for $10,000, was trying to persuade Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin to buy his Rickenbacker guitar. When Mr. Page declined, Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin squeezed Mr. Townshend's arm, looked conspiratorially at his girlfriend, the Indian singer Najma Akhtar,
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POP MUSIC; Getting the Led Out of Led Zeppelin
NYTimes - over 22 years
IN THE 1970's, LED ZEPPELIN almost single-handedly gave rock-and-roll not a bad name, but a worse name. It added "heavy" to the lexicon of adjectives used to describe rock music, developed a reputation for wild, destructive hotel parties, raked in larger percentages of profits than any band before it and turned an uncompromisingly long song, the
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Reviews/Music; Najma Akhtar in U.S. Debut
NYTimes - over 27 years
LEAD: Najma Akhtar, a British singer of Indian descent, has made herself comfortable between two worlds. In her United States debut, on Friday at Town Hall, she turned ancient poetry into cross-cultural songs, using Eastern and Western instruments to give the underpinnings of Western pop to Indian-inflected melodies. Najma Akhtar, a British singer
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Review/Dance; Program of Recent Works To Contemporary Scores
NYTimes - over 27 years
LEAD: Three choreographers presented dance set to a wide variety of contemporary music scores on Friday night in the fourth-floor theater of the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University. And each of the program's pieces was clearly the work of individuals with a sure sense of how to put movement together. Three choreographers presented dance
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RECORDINGS; Najma: An Old-New Voice In International Pop Music
NYTimes - almost 28 years
LEAD: On the British release, ''Qareeb'' (Shanachie 64009; all three formats), the 24-year-old Najma Akhtar harmonizes her Indian Muslim ancestry with the less closed-in musical world around her. In the meditative lengths of their phrases, the vocal lines she has written for herself owe something to the careful unwindings of the ragas of Indian
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The Pop Life
NYTimes - about 28 years
LEAD: Bangles and Presley Bangles and Presley ''Eternal Flame,'' the Bangles' new hit, may echo the Beatles, but Elvis Presley had a hand in it, too. This week, the single rises from No. 6 to No. 2 on Billboard's pop chart, with every indication that it will reach No. 1. The ballad has a light tripping beat and a texture reminiscent of the Beatles'
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    TWENTIES
  • 1984
    Age 21
    In 1984 she won the Birmingham Asian Song Contest, and in 1987 produced her first album.
    More Details Hide Details Najma has been recognised by her work as a pioneer in using subtle jazz arrangements with the traditional South Asian vocal ghazal style. Following her unique and distinctive sound, Najma has inspired a new generation of musicians and composers to move into the fusion genre. Along with her fusion of subtle jazz nuances, Najma also performs Pakistani/Indian semi-classical, folk, sufi, bollywood, Indian underground, trance, along with the odd English song. She has also appeared as a performer on stage and in songs and videos of other international famous singers/songwriters, such as the MTV No Quarter/Unledded performance with Robert Plant and Jimmy Page on the Led Zeppelin classic "Battle of Evermore", jazz vocalist Nina Simone, recording with Basement Jaxx, guitarist Andy Summers (The Police), Jah Wobble, and jazz and rock saxophonist Stan Harrison. Najma has also worked with saxophonist/flautist Michael J. Parlett
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1964
    Age 1
    Born in 1964.
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