HIGHLIGHTS

 

  • Mannat (A prayer, a wish) scheduled for release between April-May, 2021 
  • Once upon a time in Kobe, Japan commissioned by New Music Edmonton releases in Feb, 2021 
  • Baydaari (awakening) featured in Stories of Hope for Mental Health Advocacy (Feb 2021) 
  • Baydaari (awakening)featured in World of Stories, Alberta Musical Theatre (Dec 2020) and New Works Calgary’s Podcast on CJSW 
  • Anticipating was featured in Cross-Canada Tour for Suicide-Prevention Awareness and Hope (2020) 
  • Anticipating featured in Spotify playlists of top mental health apps such as Shine (2020) 
  • Perils of Heavy Rainfall-A Soundscape composition was awarded Second Prize by the Canadian Association for Sound Ecology’s (CASE)Listening During the Time of COVID (2020) 
  • Living with Purpose featured in The Conversation and Canadian Federation of Humanities and Social Sciences’ Blogs (2020)

ARTIST BIO

Anticipating has a 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

— Radio Airplay

Stories of Hope, Mental Health Advocacy during COVID-19

An Interview with Dr. David Susman about my collection: Awakening (Songs of Hope and Resiliency)

An Interview with Dr. David Susman about my collection: Awakening (Songs of Hope and Resiliency)

NEW WORKS CALGARY'S THE DROP AND THE TURNING

Hemani’s piece struck a nerve in me for its paradoxical robustness, its vocal virtuosity, the harmonic texture contained in her solo line, and the sense of working out an inner grief by building emotional power and inexorable drive right up to the final note. It ended the first half with a bang and hardly a whimper. ” - Stephan Bonfield

— The Calgary Herald

Live Streams During COVID19

New Works Calgary's The Drop and the Turning podcast showcased Sufi repertoire from my upcoming album: Mannat (a prayer, a wish) on Calgary's Radio: CJSW.

It includes the sung Sufi poetry by Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai from Sindh as well as poems by Rumi,  my original music, and composition: Perils of Heavy Rainfall that recently received Second Prize in the Listening During COVID  contest by the Canadian Association of Sound Ecology. 

 

Alberta Musical Theatre's A World of Stories

Sarang: Perils of Heavy Rainfall

AWARDED SECOND PRIZE IN THE CONTEST: LISTENING DURING THE TIME OF COVID (CANADIAN ASSOCIATION OF ACOUSTIC ECOLOGY (CASE))

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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Living with Purpose

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

Singer-Style Poet Recognized for Enriching Edmonton

Margaret Graham Theatre (Left) & Rolston Hall (Right)

WORLD MUSIC RESIDENCY AT THE THE BANFF ARTS CENTRE (2015)

Pakistan-American Cultural Centre, KARACHI (2015)

THE INTERNATIONAL WEEK, UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA (2014)