Najma Akhtar

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Najma Akhtar (Akhtar pronounced eighth) (also short Najma) (* 18th September 1962 in Chelmsford , Essex ) is a British world music - and fusion - singer .


Akhtar's parents are of Indian origin. Akhtar studied chemical engineering at Aston University in Birmingham . She began singing in 1984. After winning the Asian Song Contest , the first recording of a jazz album with Indian folkloric elements ( bhajans ) took place in 1986 in India. Akhtar's international debut took place in 1987 with the album Qareeb produced in England, which presents a selection of Indian Ghazals , which were set to music using a mixture of old oriental and modern Western melodies (with the participation of saxophonist Ray Carless).

The songs on this album became known to a wider public on international fashion shows and in the film Sammy and Rosie Get Laid . After the following live appearances, the album Atish ("Fire") was released in 1989 , followed by Pukar in 1991 . With Forbidden Kiss , she finally tried an adaptation of the Bollywood film scores by Indian composer Sachin Dev Burman .

Akhtar is also on albums by Jah Wobble ( Take Me to God ), Andy Summers ( The Golden Wire ), Steve Coleman ( Black Science ), Jimmy Page / Robert Plant ( No Quarter: Jimmy Page and Robert Plant Unledded ), and Jethro Tull ( J-Tull Dot Com ).

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  1. Najma Akhtar in US debut. New York Times, November 7, 2018, accessed October 31, 2018