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WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL SITE OF SAMIA MALIK
Samia Malik’s dynamic, evolving working practice encompasses music, visual art and education. Asking challenging and important questions about our common humanity, Samia’s work has enthralled audiences from the UK to India.
Samia writes and performs songs 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. She has collaborated with acclaimed world-class musicians, writers and artists including Baluji Shrivastav OBE, Mallika Sarabhai, Guiliano Modarelli, Kishwar Naheed, Seemab Gul, Al MacSween, Sukhdeep Dhanjal, Sianed Jones, Anne Tiburtius and Cris Cheek. She has released three albums: ‘The Colour of the Heart’ (1998) ‘Jaago – Wake Up’ (2004) and Azaadi: Freedom (2017). Samia is also a visual artist, mainly working in painting and video - her live shows are supported by projections of her original visual art.
‘For over 25 years Samia Malik has shown that music can be healing as well as entertaining. Azaadi: Freedom charts a compelling journey towards liberation through powerful Urdu and English songs, art and spoken word’ Sarah Albinali Eastern Eye
Samia is in the middle of her 2018 tour of solo performances and songwriting workshops
in women's refuges and
organisations across the UK
This tour is generously supported by Lottery Grants for the Arts Funding from Arts Council England.
'Standout tracks’ are ‘truly moving original Urdu ghazals saturated with birha – melancholic longing’ Amardeep Dhillon Songlines
Touches the soul’ Debjani Chatterjee & Brian D’Arcy Writing in Education
'Wonderfully powerful' Alan Scott Resonance
‘In a world where we are becoming more attune to divisions, ‘Azaadi’ in fact celebrates difference, individualism and originality’ Aisha Farooq DESIblitz
‘Passionate and easily understood across international frontiers’ The Asian Times
‘A wake up call’ Sarwar Kashari Kashmir Images
'Extraordinary power and Joan Baez- like eloquence’ Geeta Doctor The Hindu
The culmination of a Lottery Grants for the Arts Award for R&D, this special gig for a full house was an exciting new collaboration with guitarist Giuliano Modarelli and keyboard player Al MacSween from Kefaya Collective "One of the most intriguing new bands of the year" **** The Guardian. This gig also featured virtuoso tabla player Sukhdeep Dhanjal.