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'Music of the world' on show this weekend at town's art venue

PUBLISHED: 16:10 19 July 2019

Samia Malik. PHOTO: MRPR

Samia Malik. PHOTO: MRPR

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An "electrifying new collaboration" will bring music of the world to Halesworth this weekend.

Samia Malik will be performing at The Cut, on New Cut, on Saturday, July 20, where she will showcase her talents in writing and performing songs in Urdu and English, based on traditional Ghazals - a mixture of poetry and music.

She said: "The Cut has a very special place in my heart. It is a truly local friendly and accessible venue in the heart of its community, which champions not just local but also international art as it understands the vital importance of art to help us comprehend the world and to break the barriers between us.

"I am deeply excited by this electrifying new collaboration. I will be accompanied by internationally respected Italian guitarist Giuliano Modarelli, multi-instrumentalist Sianed Jones, and renowned tabla maestro Sukhdeep Dhanjal.

"It is truly music of the world, rooted in Ghazal and Indian classical and fused with flashes of Arabic, Bhangra, Flamenco, Latin, World Folk, Bollywood, Eastern European, jazz and unparalleled improvisation to create what has been called a thrillingly 'new genre'."

Born in Saudi Arabia, Samia has lived in the UK since she was a child.

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She said: "I grew up listening to popular music from Bollywood and Ghazals - Urdu poetry usually set to music.

"At the age of 15 I discovered classical Indian music and loved it.

"I was living in Norwich in my mid-20s when I finally found a teacher, Baluji Shrivastav, who was based in London.

"He taught me about raag (scale) and taal (rhythm), which I used to write my own Ghazals in Urdu and English.

"My songs were a way of understanding my own journey, but it turns out lots of people can relate to them because they connect with their experiences too."

Samia will also be delivering voice workshops to the Halesworth Community Choir, who meet at the venue.

The performance will begin at 7.30pm.

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