CANADA | 2022 PARTICIPANT
Staying rooted within traditional forms and honouring those alongside bringing in experimentation, Shumaila Hemani, Ph.D. in Music from the University of Alberta, is an Alberta-based Sufi singer-songwriter, poet, and former music faculty, Semester at Sea and the University of Alberta. Her composition: Perils of Heavy Rainfall received Second Prize at the Listening During COVID contest by the Canadian Association of Sonic Ecology (CASE) and the pioneering Canadian soundscape composer Hildegard Westerkamp applauded her for beautifully taking the listeners to an immersive world of different music, chanting, and drones. Hemani’s Sufi poem, Living with Purpose, has been nominated for the Alberta Magazine Awards in Poetry, Anticipating was featured in the Cross-Canada tour for Suicide Prevention Awareness and Hope, and Perils of Heavy Rainfall will be published in the Goose, Journal of Environment, Arts, and Culture (2022). Hemani will release her debut album, Mannat: The Epic of Sassui and Punhun in Fall 2022.