Shama Rahman

Live Act World Jazz Punk Rock Hip Hop Melodic
Shama Rahman - World Jazz Punk Rock Hip Hop Melodic Live Act in London

Shama Rahman Short Info

Shama weaves stories, sitar and song seamlessly and with her band unites international influences using melodic jazz improvisation, energetic urban and world rhythms, and storytelling folk reminiscent of Musikpoesie and drawing from her multicultural background.
Recipient of Emerging Excellence Award for her upcoming album, composer's residency 'Take V' by Serious (London Jazz Festival), shortlisted Sky Arts Scholarship.

"Love It All. Brilliant!"-Gilles Peterson
"Beautiful and Intoxicating.I've completely fallen for this lady.I love it", Michelle Hussey, BBC Introducing
'New, creative work by Shama Rahman or soon to be Dr Rahman!' Lopa Kothari, BBC3 World Routes
"..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

"Fable: Time" is an ambitious piece, that rare combination of unconventional creativity and the focus to bring it into a successful fruition" -FredPerry Subculture

Shama's album 'Fable:Time' has the Sitar musically arranged centrally within layered harmonies and complex grooves ranging keys, sax, violin, guitar, harp, double bass, drums and percussion.

From jazz to dubstep, punk to folk (bulgarian, bengali and english), spoken word, trip hop to hip hop, swing to bosa nova, her stories start life as poems and take flight as cross-genre songs. Poetic Music-with a whole heap of energy!

She draws inspiration from Bangladeshi roots, childhood desert landscapes of the Middle East, and colliding with London's vibrant characters to produce songs that are original and insightful with an essence of playfulness.

www.shamarahman.bandcamp.com

"Impressively inventive...Shama Rahman's band performing quirky, intelligent tunes", Arts Desk
"Truly outstanding and original music...to the next level" gigsandfestivals.co.uk

International: Germany's Water Festival, France's Fete De La Musique and Bangladesh. Major festivals in England: The London Jazz Festival, Southbank's Alchemy Festival, Barbican, Manchester Jazz Festival, The Secret Garden Party, The Green Man, feature on Womad radio, Supersonix festival (supporting Seth Lakeman and Ska Cubano), Wilderness, One Love Festival, Global Beats Festival, Manchester's UnConvention Festival, Wandsworth Arts Festival, The Rollright Fayre, DSC Literary Festival, SALF, Hackney Word Festival and a commission for Birmingham's Eastern Electronic Festival.

London venues: The Forge, Passing Clouds, Green Note, Richmix, Proud Galleries, Floripa, Ritzy, Wilton's Music Hall, Troubadour, Luxe, Bedford, Old Queen's Head.

Under the tuition lineage of Pt Ravi Shankar, she sings over her sitar at times passionately soaring and powerful, at others, mischievously percussive and quietly thoughtful but always beautiful as she tells it like it is with observations on life, love and time hidden in fables, illuminated in parables and good old fashioned clap-alongs.

"So beautiful, that was incredible", One Taste Stage organiser

"That was absolutely fantastic.We have a beautiful lady sitting in our studio with a beautiful instrument-that was spectacular!"-Secret Garden Party Radio
"Audience mesmerised!" One Love Festival, Soul Rebel stage organiser
"What came across was just how beautiful your voice is, I was pretty blown away to hear such a balance of delicacy and power"- SpitalFields Festival, Composer, Guildhall School of Music and Drama
Commissioned by MOJO magazine for a re-interpretation of Beatles classic Eleanor Rigby using her unique jazz-sitar style.
She starred as the lead in international bilingual BBC drama series, Bishaash, which showed to over 52 million viewers world-wide on Sky. Interviews and music appearances on BBC Radio London, BBC3 World Routes, BBC Introducing Manchester, BBC Asian Network, BBC6 Introducing with a special mention from Tom Robinson and international Turkish, Indian, Bangladeshi and Sky TV channels. As a vocalist, she has featured on Asian Dub Foundation's latest album 'Signal and the Noise' and worked with producer State of Bengal (Bjork, Talvin Singh) with whom she featured at 2012 BEast festival performing their collaborations. As a sitarist she has featured on Guardian-acclaimed hip-hop producer Telemachus Malone's 'In the Evening' and featured with Bangladeshi artists Bangla producer Buno and singer-songwriter James.

Other collaborations: Kora player Jally Kebba Susso, Gembri player Simo Lagnawi, Folk singer Jamie Doe, London Sitar Ensemble, London Bulgarian Choir and The Doves at the BBC Electric Proms at the Roundhouse, sitarist/vocalist with Orchestra Elastique on Berlin tour.

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

Shama weaves stories, sitar and song seamlessly and with her band unites international influences using melodic jazz improvisation, energetic urban and world rhythms, and storytelling folk reminiscent of Musikpoesie and drawing from her multicultural background.
Recipient of Emerging Excellence Award for her upcoming album, composer's residency 'Take V' by Serious (London Jazz Festival), shortlisted Sky Arts Scholarship.

"Love It All. Brilliant!"-Gilles Peterson
"Beautiful and Intoxicating.I've completely fallen for this lady.I love it", Michelle Hussey, BBC Introducing
'New, creative work by Shama Rahman or soon to be Dr Rahman!' Lopa K...

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Past Gigs Shama Rahman

  • 03 | 2016 London Soas Concert Series
  • 11 | 2015 London International Folk Festival
  • 11 | 2015 London Outspoken Awards
  • 11 | 2015 London London Jazz Festival
  • 09 | 2015 London The Green Note
  • 09 | 2015 London Merge Festival
  • 08 | 2015 Berlin Wassermusik Festival
  • 08 | 2015 Manchester Manchester Jazz Festival
  • 05 | 2015 London Alchemy Festival
  • 05 | 2015 Wales Fire in the Mountain Festival
  • 03 | 2015 London All Day Folk Festival
  • 02 | 2015 London 'Strings on Fire' Passing Clouds
  • 11 | 2014 London London Jazz Festival
  • 10 | 2014 London Cafe Cairo
  • 08 | 2014 Northamptonshire Shambala Festival
  • 07 | 2014 Huntingdon Secret Garden Party
  • 06 | 2014 Middlesborough Middlesborough Mela
  • 04 | 2014 London Blow The Fuse
  • 01 | 2014 London Album Launch Passing Clouds
  • 10 | 2013 London Home Spun Sessions
  • 09 | 2013 Chipping Norton Rollright Fayre
  • 08 | 2013 Wales Green Man Festival
  • 08 | 2013 Oxfordshire Wilderness Festival
  • 07 | 2013 Huntingdon Secret Garden Party

Discography Shama Rahman

  • 2014 Fable:Time Album | The Gung Ho Down (self-release)

Media

  • Video Shama Rahman EPK
  • Video Shama Rahman, Finale: Jokho...
  • Video Shama Rahman, Episode 6: Ti...
  • Video Shama Rahman, Episode 5: Pa...
  • Video Shama Rahman, Episode 4: Bo...
  • Video Shama Rahman, Episode 3:26 ...
  • Video Shama Rahman, Episode 2: Co...
  • Video Shama Rahman, Episode 1:Ref...
  • Video The Shama Rahman Trio live ...
  • Video Live performance of 'Jokhon...
  • Video Shama Rahman Trio: Reflecti...
  • Video Shama Rahman Band, Bolte Pa...
  • Video Shama Rahman-preview, The G...
  • Video Shama Rahman Summertime Jaz...
  • Video Shama Rahman-Eleanor Rigby ...
  • Video Shama Rahman - Live at The ...
  • Media Reflections
  • Media 26 Hour Baby
  • Media Coast
  • Media Bolte Paro Ki (Can you tell...
  • Media Time (Acoustic Version)
  • Media Partial
  • Media Warrior
  • Media Jokhon (When)
  • Sound Eleanor Rigby (Sitar and Pi...
  • Sound Time (Hit By A Rock remix)
  • Sound Bolte Paro Ki Remix

Origin

  • London GB

Founded

  • 2012

Members

  • Shama Rahman Sitar, Vocals, Ukelele
  • Christopher Lane Guitar
  • Rachel Bartlett Sax (Soprano, alto, tenor), Flute
  • Thodoris Ziarkas Bass (double and electric)
  • Oberon King Drumkit/percussion