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Arooj Aftab in concert | Asian society


8:00 p.m. Show

This Labor Day weekend, join Asia Society Texas for a concert featuring the Grammy-winning singer and songwriter Arooj Aftab. Aftab’s hauntingly beautiful music, “an incandescent love letter to the light” (Fork), has been enthusiastically welcomed around the world and this evening will be a celebration of his magnificent work.

Arooj Aftab is a Pakistani singer, songwriter and producer based in Brooklyn. She works in various musical styles and idioms, including jazz, minimalism and neo-Sufism. She is the first-ever female Pakistani artist to win a Grammy Award, winning Best World Music Performance for her song “Mohabbat” in April. She was Spotify’s March 2022 Artist of the Month and sings and co-produces Coke Studio’s hit song “Mehram.” On his last album Prince Vulturethe composer’s remarkable voice, backed by a team of renowned musicians, transports listeners to worlds once known.

“The biggest musical revelation of the year came from Pakistani composer Arooj Aftab, who placed traditional Urdu ghazals amid a harp and strings that rippled and flowed as clearly as a cool stream.” The Guardian“The best music of 2021”

This program is presented as part of the Asia Society Texas Muslim Series.

Please note that this program takes place offsite at the Miller Outdoor Theater, 6000 Hermann Park Drive and will also be broadcast live. Please visit Miller Outdoor Theater website to purchase tickets. Watch the live stream via Facebook Where Miller Outdoor Theater website. All performances at the Miller Outdoor Theater are free.

About Muslim Series

Through a multidisciplinary approach that utilizes Asia Society’s breadth of programming possibilities, this series explores the artistic talents and stories of American Muslims to inspire our community to better understand each other. For more information on sponsorship of the Muslim Series and other programs like it, please contact Jenni Rebecca Stephenson, Director of Development, at or 713.496.9909.

Series Sponsors

Eddie Allen and Chinhui Juhn
Shaista Khan and Shahzad Bashir
Tariq and Dr. Uzma Iqbal
Sania and Hyder Kazimi
Drs. Monira and Azam Kundi
Shazma and Arshad Morning
Cartha and Nameer Siddiqui | Goldman Sachs
Selma and Mustafa Tameez

The Asia Society Texas performing arts and culture programs are presented by Syamal and Susmita Poddar. Major support comes from Nancy C. Allen, Chinhui Juhn, and Eddie Allen, the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance, the Houston Endowment, and the Brown Foundation Inc. Generous funding also provided by AARP, the Anchorage Foundation of Texas, the Clayton Fund, The Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts and the Wortham Foundation. Additional support provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, United Airlines, and through contributions from the Friends of Asia Society, a dedicated group of individuals and organizations committed to bringing exceptional programming and exhibitions at Asia Society Texas.

Performing Arts and Culture Presenting Sponsors

Syamal and Susmita Poddar

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About Asia Society Texas

Asia Society Texas believes in the strength and beauty of diversity of perspectives and people. As an educational institution, we advance cultural exchange by celebrating Asia’s vibrant diversity, inspiring empathy, and fostering a better understanding of our interconnected world. Covering the arts, business, culture, education and politics, our programming is rooted in the educational and cultural development of our community – trusting in the power of art, dialogue and ideas to fight prejudice and build a more inclusive society.