Smart Bets: Arooj Aftab

Arooj Aftab is one of Pakistan’s few female guitarists. She’s also one of NPR’s top 100 composers under 40, founder of Rebuild Pakistan — an initiative that began in response to the 2012 Pakistan flood crisis in — and she’s the assistant editor for MTV’s Rebel Music Series. If her credentials aren’t already enough of a draw, her music should be. Aftab gracefully blends classical Pakistani, Sufi and pre-partition South Asian music for a deep, cool and complex take on indigenous soul. Attend a free masterclass with Aftab Thursday, Feb. 27, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at UNCA’s Humanities Lecture Hall. Performance to follow at 7 p.m. in UNCA’s Lipinsky Auditorium. $20/$12/$7/$5. uncatickets.com.

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