Aaradhna, 'Keep My Cool' (Live) A big winner at 2013's New Zealand Music Awards was Aaradhna, who took three major awards including Album Of The Year for Treble and Reverb. Aaradhna recently visited OPB's studios in Portland.

Favorite Sessions

opbmusic Presents: Aaradhnaopbmusic.org

One of the big winners in last week's New Zealand Music Awards was the singer Aaradhna. She took home three "Tuis" awards — Album Of The Year for Treble and Reverb, Best Female Solo Artist and Best Urban/Hip Hop Album. Treble and Reverb was released in the U.S. in October.

Aaradhna (A-rod-nah) Patel was born in Wellington to Indian and Samoan parents, both singers themselves, and she grew up with Bollywood soundtracks and Samoan gospel at home. Her own music, with its R&B and doo-wop arrangements and her throwback vocal style, makes inevitable comparisons to Amy Winehouse. She played a stripped-down session at OPB this summer, including a warm island treatment of her song "Keep My Cool" with guitarist Carl Noa.

Watch the entire session with Aaradhna at opbmusic.org.

Credits

  • Video: Ifanyi Bell
  • Photography: Kathryn Boyd-Batstone
  • Audio: Erik Golts, Steven Kray
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