I am very happy to be invited to join singer and writer Samia Malik, Baluji Shrivastav and Sukhdeep Singh on this tour across the UK.
Azaadi: Freedom live show charts a compelling narrative journey towards liberation through art, asks challenging and important questions about our common humanity.
Hailed as a ‘powerful new voice’ Samia Malik’s ‘uncompromising’ yet ‘hauntingly beautiful’ lyrics weave Sianed Jones’s violin, harmonium, bass with sitar and dilruba of the world-renowned ‘virtuoso multi-instrumentalist’ Baluji Shrivastav and the exceptional tabla of Sukhdeep Singh
Writing from her perspective as a British Asian woman from Pakistani/Muslim background, Samia extends and subverts the traditional Urdu Ghazal form to tackle contemporary issues ranging from revolution to race to love to liberation to sexual politics to child abuse to Bollywood: hers is a ‘personal and yet universal’ voice of our times, a courageous, inspirational and beautiful fusion of musical styles and languages
Saturday 6th May 8 pm The Cut Halesworth
Saturday 27th May 8 pm Kala Sangam Bradford
Double bill with Best of Baluji followed by a Q&A
Sunday 4th June 6 pm Rich Mix London
Double bill with the women of the Inner Vision Orchestra
Thursday 29th June Harwich Festival Harwich
Friday 30th June 8 pm The Junction Cambridge
Thursday 13th July 8 pm Norwich Arts Centre Norwich
Saturday 29th July Southburgh Festival Norfolk
Thursday 17th August Night of Festivals South Asia Leicester
Friday 18th August Folk East Festival Suffolk
Glenham Hall Woodbridge Suffolk IP13 OBT