Shama
Shama performs with her electro-acoustic band with live Sitar, uniquely taking it out of the traditional context, across genres including jazz, live electronics, psychaedelia, pop, afro latin worldbeats & Indian/Western melodies. Her music has been championed by the likes of Gilles Peterson, Songlines, Arts Desk and the BBC (quotes below)

Her upcoming album 'Truth BeTold' is the first live album to be recorded throughout using the pioneering wearable technology 'mi.mu gloves' - famously publicised by Imogen Heap. Shama was the first artist-in-residence and along with only a handful of 'glovers' in the worldwide community, she uses the gloves to create sounds and FX by hand gestures. The recordings therefore have live electronic manipulation with improvising musicians including MOBO-winner Moses Boyd, capturing an electric live atmosphere with the polish of a studio album. This infectious energy is what is translated in her live shows with the electronic wizardry of 'Slowly Rolling Camera' producer Deri Roberts

Her multimedia performance of the album at the Southbank was featured on Channel 4's Sunday Brunch and most recently, she performed the album on an expedition as the first Sitarist in Antarctica as part of the first Antarctic Biennale - which made The Times and Radio 4's Front Row.

Fresh from a festival performance at Bestival she has also played at the London and Manchester Jazz Festivals, Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Wilderness, Green Man and extensively at international jazz, beats and world festivals.

Songlines: 'the triumphant expression of a unique vision and inimitable sound’

Songwriting Mag: 'Imagine DeadCan Dance and Björk getting together in a folk club, to make jazzy trip-hop records...with sitars.’

Wonderland Mag: "You’re about to get goosebumps, seriously. Releasing the title track to her upcoming album, “Truth BeTold” is the haunting new track from Shama. With stunning melodies and a dream-like vibe, Shama switches between English and French vocals ... An absolutely gorgeous track, prepare to have it stuck with you long after you’ve finished listening."

"Love It All. Brilliant!"-Gilles Peterson

"Impressively inventive...Shama Rahman's band performing quirky, intelligent tunes", - Arts Desk "Beautiful and Intoxicating.I've completely fallen for this lady.I love it", - Michelle Hussey, BBC Introducing

"..consistently able to combine new elements & sounds with what is already present to create an incredibly unique record... a musical & paramusical strength that many others could take valuable lessons from, may her own work continue to show those strengths for a long time to come."- 7bitArcade

'New, creative work by Shama Rahman or soon to be Dr Rahman!' - Lopa Kothari, BBC3 World Routes

"Truly outstanding and original music...to the next level" - Gigs and Festivals

'Sunny and Shay':"Wow..that was amazing! We could have you on all day!" - BBC London Radio

ARTIST LIVE SHOWS
Forum Basement
Thursday 17th May 2018
Sebright Arms
Wednesday 4th April 2018
Servant Jazz Quarters
Tuesday 17th January 2017