Armeen Musa

Genre: World Music

Location: Dhaka, Bangladesh

Years Active: 2007 to Present

About:

Armeen is a singer-songwriter from Dhaka, Bangladesh. Her journey into original music started at the age of 14 when she wrote the song "Duur Theke", which was featured on a mixed album, "Jhalmurri" produced by Arnob. Her biggest hit till date is the rendition of Radha Raman's "Bhromor Koio Giya' with producer Fuad Almuqtadir, which went viral on YouTube, reaching over 4 million hits.

 

In her teenage years she wrote the songs that eventually became her debut album, "Aye Ghum Bhangai". It features a variety of musicians across the UK and Bangladesh including Arnob, Zoe Rahman, Idris Rahman, Labik Kamal (AJOB) and Buno (Bangla.) In Dhaka she has collaborated with various bands and producers including Yaatri/Topu, Upol Islam, Rajib Rahman and more.

 

In 2008 while living in London, she toured with Kishon Khan's Bangla-Afrobeat group "Lokhhi Terra" as a lead singer. That is also when the band debuted at the Queen Elizabeth Hall in London with renowned musicians such as Mike Mondesir, Fazal Qureshi.

 

In 2010, she received a scholarship to study at the Berklee College of Music. Upon arriving, she was auditioned amongst 300 students and she went on to be selected as of the 17 singers to perform with the Grammy award winning singer, Bobby McFerrin. Since then, she has been part of Joey Blake's "Singing Tribe": an acapella improvisation group that performed with Bobby McFerrin across Massachusetts. Upon the formation of the Berklee Indian Ensemble in 2011, Armeen performed as one of the soloists for the group and was selected to record with the visiting artist and producer, Clinton Cerejo in 2013. In 2014 Armeen composed the soundtrack for the film "Shongram", the first cross cultural film about the birth of Bangladesh, which was commercially released in theaters in Bangladesh and selected halls in the UK and Europe.

 

She has also released an EP of Bengali, jazz, reggae acoustic songs with guitarist and producer Zak Dylan Wass in 2013.

 

For Friday Night Originals, Armeen Musa was accompanied by Gaboo and Nishad Pandey on the 'dubki' and the electric guitar respectively.

 

 

 

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