8 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The second album from Shihad frontman Jon Toogood's side project The Adults, Haja, was inspired by aghani al-banat, or “girls’ music”—joyful, rhythmic, traditional Sudanese music that focuses on women’s lives and stories. After recording with local artists in Khartoum, Toogood arranged the sounds into eight hypnotic dance-pop tracks, enlisting some of New Zealand’s most exciting up-and-coming—and predominantly female—artists to collaborate, including Chelsea Jade, rapper JessB, and R&B singer Aaradhna. The result—a far cry from the heavy punk he’s known for—is a jubilant celebration of Kiwi artists, Sudanese culture, and, above all, women and their voices.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The second album from Shihad frontman Jon Toogood's side project The Adults, Haja, was inspired by aghani al-banat, or “girls’ music”—joyful, rhythmic, traditional Sudanese music that focuses on women’s lives and stories. After recording with local artists in Khartoum, Toogood arranged the sounds into eight hypnotic dance-pop tracks, enlisting some of New Zealand’s most exciting up-and-coming—and predominantly female—artists to collaborate, including Chelsea Jade, rapper JessB, and R&B singer Aaradhna. The result—a far cry from the heavy punk he’s known for—is a jubilant celebration of Kiwi artists, Sudanese culture, and, above all, women and their voices.

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