British Pakistani singer songwriter and artist Samia Malik writes and performs songs in Urdu and English based on traditional Urdu Ghazal (a highly refined union of poetry with music) extending and subverting the form to explore contemporary issues around identity, race and gender.
In this electrifying new collaboration touring the UK, Samia’s ‘compelling and powerful’ songs are accompanied by internationally respected Italian guitarist Giuliano Modarelli, ‘exceptional and versatile’ multi instrumentalist Sianed Jones on violin, keyboards and bass guitar, and renowned tabla maestro Sukhdeep Dhanjal.
Samia has collaborated with acclaimed world class artists including celebrated Indian danseuse and activist Mallika Sarabhai and ‘sitarist to the stars’ Baluji Shrivastav OBE: her dynamic, evolving work has thrilled international audiences across Europe, India and the States.
Samia will be joined by special guest NX Panther, the project of London-based artist, producer and vocalist Alia Pathan, performing their debut EP Black Forest Ghetto. There is also a very secret surprise guest, who will be announced on the night!
Please Note: This event will be followed by a Q&A session run by writer and activist Amrit Wilson
‘Truly moving’ – Amardeep Dhillon, Songlines
‘Iconic songs to heal and empower’ – Amrit Wilson, Outline
‘Samia Malik’s songs and the rendition could not be more relevant to the here and now. What is a woman’s place? Cultural identity. Whose cultural identity? Experts talk of “fusion”…but no-one’s seen fusion like this’ – Janet Trewin, Future Radio
‘Samia Malik, (a) singer of extraordinary power and Joan Baez-like eloquence’ – Geeta Doctor, The Hindu
‘In a world where we are becoming more attune to divisions, Samia’s work in fact celebrates difference, individualism and originality’ – Aisha Farooq, DESIblitz
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