Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Check It. Ariana Delawari.

There's always that cliche about people leaving their homes across the U.S. and even the world to come to Los Angeles, cut a record or be an actor, and become a star.

But that's exactly the opposite of what Ariana Delawari did. She left LA for Kabul to get in touch Afgani roots and recorded her debut album in the war-torn middle eastern country.

NPR recently did a really touching interview with the very talented, soulful singer about her inspiration. One track on her new record "The Lion of Panjshir" is about immigration, a very personal topic for Delawari whose own grandfather stored away on ship to come to the U.S.

Delawari has a sound that reminds me a lot of Norah Jones, although it's characterized as "folk rock" and was signed by David Lynch, which has to be a good sign.

-- Lauren Williams

Photo credit: NPR.

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