Extraordinary power and Joan Baez-like eloquence’ – Geeta Doctor The Hindu
‘The Urdu tradition of Ghazal or sung poetry is taken to completely new territory…wonderfully powerful’ Alan Scott – Resonance
‘Touches the soul’ – Debjani Chatterjee & Brian D’Arcy Writing in Education
‘Passionate and easily understood across international frontiers’ – The Asian Times
‘A wake up call’ – Sarwar Kashari Kashmir Images
‘Beautifully played and finely written’ – Simon Hopkins Motion
Drawing widely on her multiple heritages by extending and subverting traditional forms, Samia Malik’s ‘uncompromising’ yet ‘hauntingly beautiful’ work explores contemporary issues around identity, gender and race through powerful Urdu and English songs and visual art.
Touring nationally in 2017 Samia’s live show Azaadi: Freedom and related workshops chart a compelling narrative journey towards liberation through art, ask challenging and important questions about our common humanity and have enthralled audiences from the UK to India.
Azaadi: Freedom combines Samia’s inspiring original lyrics and visual art with world class ‘sitarist to the stars’ Baluji Shrivastav OBE ‘exceptional and versatile’ multi instrumentalist Sianed Jones virtuoso tabla player Sukhdeep Singh and live VJing of visual art and translations by rising international moving image artist Seemab Gul.