Pakistani composer Arooj Aftab reflects on her latest record ‘Vulture Prince’

The World

A song can be like a time capsule, forever carrying a single moment. It can take you right back to the sounds and smells of your childhood or to a fleeting conversation. On her latest record titled, “Vulture Prince,” Pakistani composer Arooj Aftab has created that type of time capsule for herself, using the words of an Urdu poet Mirza Ghalib, who lived over a hundred years ago. As part of an ongoing series from The World called “Movement,” Ethiopian American musician Meklit Hadero speaks to Aftab about her migration story and what has influenced her music.