Left - Zulya. Photo - Ramil Gali
Zulya Kamalova is a leading proponent of Tatar and Russian music in Australia. She was born in the Russian region of Tatarstan, has been performing since the age of 9 and has lived in Australia since 1991. She began collaboration with The Children of the Underground in 2003 and they’ve performed at many major venues and festivals world wide.
The mix of traditional and original songs sung in Tatar, Russian and a few in English captivated the many Tatars and Russians in the audience. Many participated in the one sing-along. Zulya was warm and inviting, easily relaxing into and enjoying her performance. Her beautifully melodic and soulful voice was ideal for this unique music genre.
Zulya is a gifted songwriter in whichever language. Before each song (including those sung in English) she explained its meaning and tradition and I learnt more than I expected. The traditional waltz’s and songs about nightingales were a cultural lesson. My favourite was the original song Clocks written by Zulya and band member Andrew Tanner. It’s a quick pattery-song (sung in Russian) that winds down at the end and was a lot of fun. The Tatar and Russian tradition extended to the instruments played by the band. Zulya also played acoustic guitar. Anthony Schulz’s distinctive piano-accordion style was mesmerizing. Justin Marshal was on drums and percussion. Eki Veltheim filled in on violin and electric mandolin. All were impressive.
Zulya and the Children of the Underground
Venue: Dunstan Playhouse
Date/Time: 11 September, 8:30pm
Tickets: Adults $25, Concession $20, Children $15, Groups $20 (6 or more tickets)
Bookings: BASS on 131 246 | www.bass.net.au