British Pakistani singer Samia Malik launches Azaadi: Freedom tour

Samia Mailk and band

British Pakistani Singer Samia Malik launches her UK tour Azaadi: Freedom accompanied by sitar, dilruba, violin, harmonium, bass guitar and tabla and live projections of translations, films and visual art. In her new show Azaadi: Freedom, Samia’s powerful Urdu and English songs are accompanied by world class ‘sitarist to the stars’ Baluji Shrivastav OBE, the ‘exceptional and versatile’ multi instrumentalist Sianed Jones and virtuoso tabla player Sukhdeep Singh.  With live VJing of Samia’s visual art and translations by rising international moving image artist Seemab Gul, Azaadi: Freedom is a unique and extraordinary musical and visual experience.

She performs on 27th May 2017 at the Kala Sangam Arts Centre, Bradford with concerts taking place as part of a UK Tour across Harwich, Cambridge, Norwich, Southburgh Festival, Night of Festivals in Leicester and Folk East Festival, until August 2017. The tour will be supported by songwriting workshops in a collection of women’s organisations, charting a compelling narrative journey towards liberation through art.

For over 25 years Samia has been exploring her own experiences as a woman from a Pakistani, Muslim background living in the UK through writing, teaching, recording and touring her unique style of bilingual songs in Urdu and English, based on the Ghazal form. She originally trained, as an adult, in North Indian vocal techniques with Baluji Shrivastav OBE. Samia’s multimedia shows now incorporate her music with translations and projections of her more recent visual art. Samia has toured throughout the UK and in Europe with Sianed Jones, Cris Cheek and Sukhdeep Singh and across India with celebrated dancer/activist Mallika Sarabhai with Darpana’s Academy of Music and Art.

Samia says: “Being a woman and being a third child defined me throughout my early life, severely limiting my opportunities and mapping a restricted possibility of action and a future for me. The arts saved me – I was 20 years old when I read Amrit Wilson’s Finding a Voice about the experiences of Asian women living in Britain in the 80s which made me realise that my experience was not unique; it gave me the courage to leave and find my own path. As a result, I have been on a life long exploration of my identity through my performances. Anger has certainly been a fuel, and freedom was the goal. Ultimately, I can only hope my words and actions save others, though I do not make art for that reason. I make it because it saved me!

Samia will be releasing a new CD ‘Azaadi: Freedom’ as part of this national tour.

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