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

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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

Muntazir/Anticipating

Shumaila Hemani

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Anticipating is a track that is very relevant to what we are experiencing during COVID-19: being STUCK and anticipating things to clear away so that we can return to normal. Of course, as we all understand, we would come on the other side with a “new normal” and that would mean dealing with this state of being stuck in ways that keep us moving, even if we are moving on forked paths. This song not only captures that feeling but also shows you a way to keep your connections alive during this quarantined phase.

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Anticipating has visceral emotionality and a deep musicality expertly ushering listeners into a place of contemplation and consideration. The use of both English and Urdu gives this song a specific gravity - forcing listeners of either nativity to hear the story told beyond their bubble. ” - John Wright

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