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 across Europe, India and the States. 


'Truly moving. Compelling and highly original'  SONGLINES 


'Iconic songs to heal and empower' Amrit Wilson 








British Pakistani Samia writes, performs and produces bilingual Urdu and English songs based on the traditional  Ghazal (a highly refined union of poetry with music) extending and subverting the form to explore contemporary issues around identity, race and gender. Samia is also a visual artist, mainly working in painting and video - her live shows are supported by translations and projections of her original visual art.



Samia 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 five albums:

'The Colour of the Heart' (1998), 

'Jaago - Wake Up' (2004),

'Azaadi: Freedom' (2017), 

'Colours of Her Heart' (2019)

'Samia Malik Live at Norwich Arts Centre March 6th 2018'  (2019).  



‘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




'Touches the soul’  Debjani Chatterjee & Brian D’Arcy Writing in Education 

‘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

'Standout tracks’ are ‘truly moving original Urdu ghazals saturated with birha – melancholic longing’ Amardeep Dhillon Songlines

'Wonderfully powerful' Alan Scott Resonance


'I believe art can inform and transform. At a time when barriers are being put up across the world, it is vital to see how art can unite us, how we can use traditional cross cultural forms to explore important contemporary issues around culture, race, identity and gender' 

Samia Malik 2018

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