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Album Review

For those seeking something fresh-sounding from Indian pop of the early 1990s, Najma's Atish wouldn't be a bad choice at all. Najma, a charming and very likable singer, is far from predictable on this eclectic CD, which combines Indian music with Western elements. Traditional Indian instruments such as the tablas and the dholak successfully interact with electric keyboards, bass, guitar and the soprano sax on Atish. For Najma (who sings in English on the very pretty "Faithless Love," but more often, embraces one of the many Indian dialects), everything from jazz to Scottish/Celtic music is fair game.


Born: 18 September 1962 in Chelmsford, Essex, England

Genre: World

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Najma (born: Najma Akhtar) has quickly risen to the upper echelon of Indian music. Although born in England, Najma has remained rooted in the pop and film music of her ancestral home. Songs from her 1987 debut album, Qareeb, were featured in Hanif Quereishi's film, Sammy and Rose Gets Laid. Her 1988 album, Ghazals By Najma, featured her interpretations of the traditional Eastern poetic form, while she recorded an album of songs by Indian film composer S. D. Berman, Forbidden Kiss, in 1996. The...
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