Multi award-winning ZULYA KAMALOVA is the leading proponent of
Tatar and Russian music in Australia as well as one of the most
versatile and accomplished vocalists on the world music scene today.
Since her move to Australia in 1991 ZULYA has developed a totally
original approach as an affirmation of her unique identity - an
affirmation that takes her Tatar and Russian background to totally
new places and in completely new ways. ZULYA has independently produced
six albums to date, including ARIA-nominated elusive (2002) and,
together with her band The Children of the Underground - ARIA-winning
3 nights and 2004's The Waltz of Emptiness (and Other Songs on Russian
Themes) both of which upon their release in Europe spent several
months in the top 10 of European world music charts - a feat no
other Australian album has ever achieved. Her latest release "Tales
of Subliming" (2010) has received glowing 5 star reviews in
On May 7, 2007, Zulya and the Children of the Underground are releasing
their latest CD, "3 Nights", the long-awaited follow-up
to the enchanting and hugely-successful "The Waltz of Emptiness
(and Other Songs on Russian Themes)". "3 Nights"
re-affirms Zulya's reputation as one of the most exotic and enthralling
performers and songwriters in Australia. With songs sung in three
languages - English, Russian, and Zulya's native tongue, Tatar -
"3 Nights" showcases Zulya and the Children at the Underground
at their most magnificent: exquisite musicianship, superb songwriting
and intricate arrangements, to say nothing of Zulya's sublime voice.
Most excitingly and for the very first time, after residing fifteen
years in Australia, on "3 Nights" Zulya sings her own
songs in English. For listeners and fans familiar with Zulya's music
who until now have enjoyed her songs in Russian and Tatar - the
communication of its meaning and emotion going beyond language -
this prospect is very exciting.
Zulya and the Children of the Underground released their 1st (and
Zulya's 4th) album, "The Waltz of Emptiness (and Other Songs
on Russian Themes)" in March 2005 in Europe. Since then, the
album has received amazing coverage in major press around the world,
including a glowing 4.5 star review from German Rolling Stone. Songlines
(UK) described it as 'Antipodean brilliance' and awarded it 4 stars.
The album spent four months in the top 20 of the European World
Music Charts after its release in Europe in March 2005 and even
entered the top 10 (July, '05), which brought this album to the
position 23 out of 1051 submitted to the panel over the whole year
- a feat never achieved by any other Australian album! - "3
Nights" is set to follow up on the successes of The Waltz with
thirteen beautiful new songs.
Originally from Tatarstan in central Russia, Zulya is familiar
to audiences throughout Australia as a performer and interpreter
of traditional and original music derived from her Tatar and Russian
Zulya and the Children of the Underground create a unique sound
derived from the combination of the melancholy, beauty and drama
of Zulya's distinctive song-writing with the extraordinary musicianship
of her Australian band members.