NOTABLE ACHIEVEMENTS

Highlights: 

  • Former Music Faculty, Semester at Sea, Spring 2020 Voyage (Academic Partner: Colorado State University (CSU) 

  • Perils of Heavy Rainfall-A Soundscape composition was awarded Second Prize by the Canadian Association for Acoustic Ecology’s Listening During the Time of Covid (2020) 
  • The song, Anticipating, was featured in Cross-Canada Tour for Suicide Prevention Awareness and Hope and featured in top Mental Health Apps including Shine’s playlist on Spotify (2020) 

Singer-Style Poet recognized for Enriching Edmonton

From the shrines of rural Pakistan to the theatres of urban Edmonton, Shumaila Hemani’s performance of traditional Sufi Islamic poetry has mesmerized many.“I think this style of singing is really very powerful and brings forward a person’s true self and connects with other people’s deepest selves. I have no other way of explaining what I encounter through my musical performances,” Hemani said.” - Samantha McKay

Edmonton Journal, 2016

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Staying rooted within traditional song forms and honoring those while also bringing in experimental elements from electronic production, Shumaila approached the challenge to recording a live-set from home during a period of intense lockdown procedure by interweaving Sufi singing with traditional narratives of epic story-telling in a compelling way.” - Rebecca Bruton

The Drop & the Turning , CJSW

LISTEN TO HEMANI'S MUSIC ON CALGARY'S COMMUNITY RADIO: CJSW

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Sarang: Perils of Heavy Rainfall

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