Najma Akhtar 'Five Rivers'
Kingskerswell Parish Church, Newton Abbot.
British born, Najma's music encompasses World Jazz, Asian Underground, Delta Blues, Psychedelia, Rock, Western Folk, Celtic, Sufi, North African Blues, Irish Celtic nuances and more. Her bi-lingual Indian vocals create a beautiful marriage between the East and the West that is utterly compelling. She has received universal critical acclaim including, David Fricke (Rolling Stone) who praised her ‘effortless artistry and emotional daring‘ and The Observer which described how ‘The pure soaring arc of Najma’s voice remains above emulation’.
"Five Rivers" is a musical journey that starts in India with the Ganges, to Africa's River Niger, to the UK's River Thames, on to Ireland with the River Shannon and finally ending at the Mississippi Delta.
Najma explores the synergies that resonate with her Asian - British roots by connecting vocal expressions of unrequited love through the waterways of voice, poetry and music. www.worldunlimited.co.uk for more info & ticket links