Shumaila Hemani is a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology and a Sufi singer and songwriter from Sind, Pakistan. Her research and performance in Islamic mystical poetry of Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai have resulted in cross-cultural lecture demonstrations, performances and electroacoustic compositions in North America and Pakistan. Her research and performance accomplishments have been honoured by several awards including First Prize Award (Society for Ethnomusicology) and the Cultural Diversity Award (2015), Edmonton Arts Council.
Shumaila's music cuts across gendered norms in South Asian musical tradition, presenting male repertoires as well as styles of singing taan (virtuosic musical phrases in Hindustani music) from a feminist position. The reviews in Calgary Herald and the Edmonton journal describe her music as “mesmerizing,” and “emotionally nerve-striking,” carrying “vocal virtuosity” and “expressing radically different inner existential visions”. Her upcoming music album “mannat (a prayers-a wish) combines four different styles of singing Sufi Poetry in Sind with the aim to immerse the listener in contemplations of love and self-healing that empowers them in resisting systemic oppression and chaos of a changing world.