singer songwriter activist artist producer teacher
UK based bilingual Urdu/English singer, songwriter, artist, producer fusing, extending and subverting traditional South Asian and Western musical ands literary forms to explore contemporary issues around identity, race and gender
WELCOME TO THE OFFICIAL SITE OF SAMIA MALIK
Born in Saudi Arabia to Pakistani parents, Samia has lived in the UK since she was a child.
She writes, performs and produces bilingual Urdu and English 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.
Samia has collaborated and toured nationally and internationally with acclaimed world-class musicians, writers and artists including
Baluji Shrivastav OBE, Dr Mallika Sarabhai, Giuliano Modarelli, Seemab Gul, Al MacSween, Sukhdeep Dhanjal, Sianed Jones and Cris Cheek.
Samia has released five albums
'The Colour of the Heart' (1998 rereleased 2023)
Jaago – Wake Up (2004)
Azaadi: Freedom (2017)
'Samia Malik Live at Norwich Arts Centre' (2019)
'Songs to Heal and Empower' (2023)
Samia is also a visual artist: her live shows are supported by projections of her original paintings and videos.
OUT NOW! NEW ALBUM 'SONGS TO HEAL & EMPOWER'
'I believe art can inform and transform. It is a powerful route to explore what we have in common and how we can heal individually and collectively. At a time when barriers are being put up across the world, it is vital to see how art can also unite us, how we can use traditional cross-cultural forms to explore important contemporary issues, while also having fun!'
Songs to Heal and Empower
An electrifying combination of soaring Eastern melodies, powerful, passionate and heartfelt lyrics in Urdu and English, electronics, tabla and deep bass grooves supported by projections of translations and visual art to leave you moved, inspired and energised!
‘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
ABOUT Songs to Heal and Empower
Songs to Heal and Empower is the product of a period of R&D, starting during the pandemic, where Samia built her own home studio, began learning about recording, music production and mixing with financial backing from The Arts Council of England, regular support from London based sound technician and artist Camilo Tirado, and working closely with the Home Recording Academy (HRA) run by Dr Isobel Anderson, to produce this groundbreaking genre-defying new work.
Songs to Heal and Empower is touring across the UK in 2023 and the new album is released across all digital platforms on the 9th June 2023.
Upcoming tour dates
'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