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Shumaila Hemani

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Music is a doorway to a deeper understanding of self and others; it is a gift of connection with people of your own culture and belief as well as others, and a tool for developing inter-cultural understanding and emotional and social resiliency.

Sounds Like:

A Prayer


Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Ustad Hameed Ali Khan, Bjork, Gospel, Peter Tosh, Bob Marley

Favourite Singer/Songwriter:

Bjork, Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Enya, Tony Morrison, Joni Mitchell

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Songs by Shumaila Hemani

Alastu bi-Rabbikum

Alastu birabbikum
I seek my origins
the purpose my soul lives to Serve humanity

Alastu birabbikum
I seek humility
Strength in my self to serve humanity

Alastu birabbikum
I seek creation
Accept my submission to serve humanity

Alastu birabbikum
I cry for unity
For Love amongst people across borders and nationalities



The Song Anticipating has no lyrics associated with it.


Forgotten Ways of Thinking

The Song Forgotten Ways of Thinking has no lyrics associated with it.




Edmonton, AB

Level of Experience:



Classical | Folk | Contemporary roots  | International | Spoken Word  | Traditional roots  | World

I Write:

By myself | For myself | With others | For others

I prefer to write:

Lyrics | Melody | Arrangements

Songs Recorded:

Alastu bi-Rabbikum/Living with Purpose (Release: December 15, 2019) Muntazir/Anticipating (Release: December 28, 2019)

Albums Released:

Mannat (Release Date: 2020)


Cultural Diversity Award, Frank Henderson Graduate Fellowship; Frederick Henderson Award in Women and Religion; Canada's Music Incubator Fellowship

I am interested in:

Web Cowriting | Face to face Cowriting | Networking | Pitching Songs to Artists | Pitching Songs To Tv/Film/Etc. | Signing with a Label | Getting a Publishing Deal

Other Jobs:

Ethnomusicology and Writing Instructor, University of Alberta; Semester at Sea (Colorado State University)


Shumaila Hemani
Treaty 6 Territory, Edmonton, AB
Shumaila Hemani received her Ph.D. in Music from the University of Alberta and is an expert in ethnomusicology with an emphasis on religion. She crosses gender boundaries while singing Pakistani songs of Musilim heritage which are typically performed by men. Her upcoming album is based around the concept of supplication and saint worship. These practices are braced by many religious cultures, yet still resisted by mainstream orthodoxies who deem them as superstitious and illegitimate. Her musical poetry works to decolonize intercultural conversations by resisting cultural essentialism and binary mindsets.

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