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AZAADI: FREEDOM NEW ALBUM AND TOUR 2017
Samia Malik launched her UK tour Azaadi: Freedom from May 2017 with songs in Urdu and English accompanied by sitar, dilruba, violin, harmonium, bass guitar and tabla, with live projections of translations, films and visual art. The tour opened on 6th May in The Cut in Halesworth, Suffolk, with concerts taking place across the UK in Bradford, London, Harwich, Cambridge, Norwich, Southburgh Festival, Night of Festivals in Leicester and Folk East. The tour was supported by the Arts Council of England Lottery Grants for the Arts.
In 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. The tour was supported by songwriting workshops in a collection of women’s organisations, charting a compelling narrative journey towards liberation through art.
Standout tracks’ are ‘truly moving original Urdu ghazals saturated with birha – melancholic longing’ Amardeep Dhillon Songlines
‘In a world where we are becoming more attune to divisions, ‘Azaadi’ in fact celebrates difference, individualism and originality’ Aisha Farooq DESIblitz