Arooj Aftab to be first Pakistani to Perform at Coachella

Arooj Aftab has made history as she becomes the first-ever Pakistani artist to perform at the American art and music festival Coachella.

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“This is just too awesome.”

Arooj Aftab has recently been making headlines for all the right reasons.

In 2021, the Pakistani singer was nominated for two Grammy awards.

It was then revealed that Arooj will also be seen in the latest instalment of Coke Studio.

To add to her list of recent achievements, the singer has made history by becoming the first Pakistani singer to perform at Coachella.

Arooj Aftab took to Instagram and shared with her 36k followers that she will be performing at Coachella on April 15 and 22, 2022.

In the caption, the Pakistani singer wrote:

“See you Coachella both weekends and I am ready to partyyyyy.”

Soon after her announcement, many took to Arooj’s post and congratulated her.

Faisal Kapadia, Mahira Khan, Zara Peerzada and Meesha Shafi, among many others, extended their heartfelt wishes to the musician.

Faisal Kapadia commented: “This is just too awesome.”

Mahira Khan added: “Whaaaaatttttt! I wanna come!”

Arooj Aftab will be performing on the same stage as the likes of Billie Eilish and Harry Styles as well as Kanye West and Swedish House Mafia.

One of the world’s biggest music festivals, Coachella was last held in 2019 and scrapped in 2020 and 2021 due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

Organisers said in June 2021 that the open-air festival, held in the California desert, would return over the weekends of April 15-17 and April 22-24 in 2022.

The festival line-up also includes Arlo Parks and Phoebe Bridgers, Italian Eurovision Song Contest winners Maneskin, rapper Megan Thee Stallion and 21 Savage as well as hip hop duo Run The Jewels and DJ Fatboy Slim.

In November 2020, Arooj became the first Pakistani artist to be nominated in the Best New Artist category at the 64th Grammy Awards.

Arooj, who was born in Lahore, will be up against teen phenomenon Olivia Rodrigo.

Other Best New Artist nominees include country music singer Jimmie Allen, rapper Baby Keem, singer FINNEAS, British band Glass Animals, Korean-American rock group Japanese Breakfast, Australian breakout star The Kid Laroi, British singer Arlo Parks and rapper Saweetie.

The event is set to take place on January 31, 2022.

Arooj rose to fame in July 2021 when her Sufi-inspired jazz sounds made it to former US president Barack Obama’s summer playlist.

Arooj’s song ‘Mohabbat’ was one of the few non-English songs on Obama’s playlist.

‘Mohabbat’ is from Arooj Aftab’s third album Vulture Prince which was released in April 2021.

Ravinder is a Journalism BA graduate. She has a strong passion for all things fashion, beauty, and lifestyle. She also likes to watch films, read books and travel.