Born in Saudi Arabia to Pakistani parents, Samia Malik has lived in the UK since she was a child. She writes and performs songs in Urdu and English 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 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: Samia’s dynamic, evolving work has thrilled international audiences across Europe, India and the States.
‘Truly moving original Urdu ghazals saturated with birha – melancholic longing’ Amardeep Dhillon – Songlines
‘An extraordinary power and Joan Baez-like eloquence’ Geeta Doctor The Hindu
‘Iconic songs to heal and empower’ Amrit singer Wilson Outline
Especially for World Unlimited in Kingskerswell Samia’s ’compelling and powerful’ original songs in Urdu and English will be accompanied by renowned tabla maestro Sukhdeep Dhanjal.
Earlier in the day Samia will also deliver a workshop on Indian Vocal Techniques, suitable for beginners, in the parish centre details to follow.