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New Yorker Momina Mustehsan takes South Asia by storm with ‘Afreen’

In an interview with BBC Urdu, the day Afreen was released, Mustehsan said she was nervous singing with Rahat Ali Khan, an enormously successful singer in Pakistan and India. He is the nephew of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan who composed and sang the original version of Afreen.

The New Yorker said Rahat Ali Khan encouraged her and helped her relax. “We were going on the floor to shoot the song, and that’s the first time I’m meeting Rahat as well,” she said. “I was so nervous. He was very encouraging. I didn’t expect it. Obviously he is amazing and he is a living legend.”

 Singing isn’t her only dream, however, Mustehsan told the interview. Having done a minor in business at Stony Brook University in New York, she also has a dual degree in mathematics and engineering. She has plans on going to medical school as well. A bit of a brainiac, the singer said she was, “Always student of the year. Even in College I was in the Dean’s list.”
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Momina Mustehsan, a 24-year-old New Yorker of Pakistani origin, has taken South Asia and the world by storm following her rendition of a track alongside popular Qawwali singer Rahet Ali Khan. Mustehsan’s song, Afreen — which was originally sung by the legendary Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan — was released by Coke Studio, a music TV series featuring music performances by various singers. She is the featured artist in the program’s ninth edition. Coke Studio released Afreen on August 19, 2016. The video became an immediate success in just under four weeks with over 15 million views on YouTube…

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