Sonically it is a very rich piece and allows the listener to be immersed in the different musics, chanting and drones in a beautiful way. ” - Hildegard Westerkamp

— Canadian Soundscape Composer

Upcoming EP: Awakening (Songs for Hope and Resiliency)

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

Baydaari: Songs for Hope and Resiliency

Baydaari (Awakening)

Shumaila Hemani

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Awakening is a collection of songs of hope and resiliency inspired by Islamic mysticism: tassawwuf. It brings the listeners to attune to their intuition and inner calling and find hope within the era of uncertainty. It shows the path to overcoming your obstacles, barriers, and fears. Inspired by Dr. Hemani's journey in academia, this multi-lingual collection of songs in Urdu, English, and Quranic Arabic calls for staying on the path of love and communicating not only with a reason but also with your heart so that you can find healthy ways of communicating your anger, injustice, and oppression. In doing so, you will strengthen your faith and will be called upon to be a pillar of strength for others. This collection can be accompanied with mindfulness meditation practice: Connecting with your Higher Self and Ocean Mind meditation for Calm Clarity available for free on Shumaila Hemani’s Youtube Channel and Insight Timer.

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Upcoming Album: Mannat (A Prayer, A Wish)

With monsoon came flashing clouds, Once again to rain all over, Lightening flashed on Constantinople, and went towards west, It glittered over China, and took care of Samarkand, Then crossing Delhi and Deccan, it thundered in Girnar, Rambling to Rome, Kabul and Kandahar, It crossed Delhi, Decan and Girnar, Rushing to Jaisalmer and then to Bikanere and Baker, It drenched Bhuj and then Drut and came to Umerkot and then in Walhar. O my lord, bestow prosperity on Sindh forever, O my sweet friend, shower blessings on all the world ” - Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai

— Sur Sarang

Upcoming Album: Mannat (A Prayer, A Wish)

"In modesty, he [Bijal] played the instrument,The powerless king responded from the colorful palace,At an opportune moment, the minstrel unfolded his identity,“I am Ahmed without the letter M,” said he.Only few can comprehend that the two had become one."”

— Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai, Sur Sorath

Late-Ustad Hameed Ali Khan, recipient of Sitar-e-Imtiaz and Pride of Performance Awards, Karachi, Pakistan

Based on research and performance-learning from two master musicians in Sindh, Pakistan: Late-Ustad Hameed Ali Khan Sahib from the Gwalior Gharana, and Faqir Jumman from the Dargah (shrine) of Sufi mystic, Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai,

Mannat is an outcome of my immersion in Sufi poetry for more than 10 years as well as a gift and blessing in the form of learning (talim) from my teachers.  

The Shah jo Raag Academy, Bhitshah (Sindh, Pakistan)

An outstanding team of musicians stretched globally across Edmonton, Canada, the US, and Sindh, Pakistan, contributed to this album.

An outstanding team of musicians stretched globally across Edmonton, Canada, the US, and Sindh, Pakistan, contributed to this album.

Mehdi Rezania  (Edmonton, AB) a mesmerizing Iranian Santur (zither) player, Ojas Joshi (Edmonton, AB), a tabla maestro and much-loved student of Ustad Zakir Hussain, Akbar Khamisu Khan (Sindh, Pakistan), an alghoza (double-reed flute from Sindh) maestro and the son of legendary player Khamisu Khan, Ismaili Meerjat (Sindh, Pakistan with dambur (five-stringed lute) at the dargah of Shah Latif, and Adam Maalouf (New York), a New York-based global percussionist from the Banff Arts Centre's World Music Residency. 

Mannat (A Prayer, a Wish)

Shumaila Hemani

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Mannat (A Prayer, A Wish) offers prayers for the health and wellness of the world. Her musical poetry works to decolonize intercultural conversations by resisting cultural essentialism and binary mindsets and bring the world together to cultivate the inner ear to listen for the visceral, immediate, and intimate vibrations of the heart.

Expected release: October 21, 2020

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