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Najma | Qareeb

November 22, 2018

British-born Najma Akhtar never intended to become a singer; she followed in the footsteps of her parents and graduated with a masters in Chemical Engineering from Aston University. It wasn’t until Najma visited distant relatives in Najibabad, India, and learned Urdu, that she picked up the vocal tradition of spiritual poems (or as their known in the Arab world, ghazals). As the liner notes for 1987’s Qareeb explain, “The ghazal occupies a unique place in the poetry and music of the Indian subcontinent.”…

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by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 10

#10: The Bad Idea Podcast Holiday Special: A Very Belated Renny Harlin Christmas Download episode here. Episode Description: This time on Bad Idea Podcast, Simon & Steve tackle Finnish enigma Renny Harlin. The idea: figure out what makes him tick—why some of his films are exemplary, incomparably…

January 23, 2012
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 4

#4: Rotten With Crazy Imaginations: E.T. Knock-Offs from Around the World Download episode here. Episode Description: Inspired by the release of Greg Mottola’s Paul, Simon & Steve go sailing around the world in search of the weirdest, funkiest E.T. ripoffs they can find. Somehow, this leads to German porn.…

April 18, 2011
by Simon Abrams by Steve Carlson Podcasts

Bad Idea Podcast | Episode 1

#1: Lemme Take You to a Show, Whoa-oh Whoa-oh-oh-oh Oh-oh Oh Oh: Frank Zappa on Film Download episode here. Episode Description: Everybody’s got to start somewhere so this first episode is not even close to being topical. The topic du jour is Frank Zappa on film…

February 7, 2011