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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 within Europe, across India and the States.


British Pakistani 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, Giuliano ModarelliSeemab Gul, Al MacSween, Sukhdeep Dhanjal, Sianed Jones and Cris Cheek. She has released four albums: 'The Colour of the Heart' (1998), 'Jaago - Wake Up' (2004), Azaadi: Freedom (2017) and 'Colours of Her Heart' (2019)  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


'At last, a British Asian musician able not only to write songs and sing in Urdu and English, but to combine a powerful performance in English with an uncompromisingly South Asian sensibility, implicitly challenging the stereotypes which so often shape the way South Asians are represented.' Amrit Wilson Outline

'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

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