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Norwich-based Samia Malik Company announces 25 date UK Tour of fusion music based on Urdu Ghazal
Singer and songwriter Samia Malik has announced a 25-date tour from June 6 - Nov 29 which will span the whole of England. Samia’s bold brand of fusion music extends and subverts the traditional Urdu Ghazal form to explore contemporary issues around identity, race and gender through Samia’s powerful original songs written in Urdu and English. Throughout the tour, Samia will host a series of audience Q&As and workshops, exploring core themes that have inspired her music. Samia is also a visual artist: her live shows are supported by translations and projections of her original visual art. She has collaborated with acclaimed world-class artists including celebrated Indian danseuse and activist Mallika Sarabhai and ‘sitarist to the stars’ Baluji Shrivastav OBE: her dynamic, evolving work has thrilled international audiences across Europe, India and the States
Samia will be joined on tour by internationally respected Italian guitarist Giuliano Modarelli, ‘exceptional and versatile’ multi instrumentalist Sianed Jones (on violin, keyboards and bass guitar) and renowned tabla maestro Sukhdeep Dhanjal.
The series of workshops will be held with local community groups, including Norfolk World Music Festival (Southburgh). Each workshop is designed to help promote understanding and deeper appreciation of Indian music or focus on songwriting skills. The community groups will also be invited to join Samia on stage to share their new skills.
The tour will also include the launch of a new album ‘Samia Malik Live at NAC’ a new live recording rooted in Ghazal and Indian classical music and fused with flashes of Arabic, Bhangra, Flamenco, Latin, World Folk, Bollywood, Eastern European, jazz and unparalleled improvisation.
Samia Malik says: “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. I am thrilled to have the chance to work with world-class artists to develop and deliver this work, which will appeal to diverse audience across the UK.”
Hedley Swain, Area Director, South East, Arts Council England, said:
“It is really exciting to support diverse artists that are pushing the creative boundaries. Samia’s work represents a wonderful fusion of styles and cultures, bringing together music from South East Asia and Europe, as well as English and Urdu. I hope that our support will mean more people will have the chance to experience this authentic, bold and innovative fusion music.”
Band Performances will tour Norwich Arts Centre, The Junction (Cambridge), New Cut (Halesworth, Suffolk), Southburgh Festival (Norfolk), Art at the Lake Festival (Milton Keynes), Head Out Not Home (Norwich), Folk East Festival (Suffolk), Midlands Arts Centre (Birmingham), Warwick Arts Centre (Coventry), The Bank Arts Centre (Eye, Suffolk), Rich Mix (London) and Kala Sangam Arts Centre (Bradford).
‘From the first note of the first number there was astonishment and rapt attention. There was a real sense of seeing something never tried before. Experts talk of "fusion"...but no-one's seen fusion like this’ Janet Trewin – Norwich Future Radio