Top of the World Album - Songlines (UK) Sept. 2007
European World Music Charts - since June 2007 in the top ten (currently 7)
Artist of the Year 2001
World Music Artist of the Year 2002
(Australian Live Music Awards)
Album of the year 2000 for "Aloukie"
(Australian World Music Awards)
World Music Album of the Year 2003
(nomination for "elusive")
Best Album 2005 for "The Waltz of Emptiness" (National Film and Sound Archive Award)
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 five albums to date, including the ARIA-nominated elusive (2002) and, together with her band The Children of the Underground the newly released "3 Nights" and 2004's magical "The Waltz of Emptiness (and Other Songs on Russian Themes)" which upon its release in Europe in 2005 spent 16 weeks in the European world music charts - a feat no other Australian album has ever achieved. Although she is well-known in Australia, Zulya's performances of her stunning blend of traditional and original music have recently been enchanting audiences from Serbia to Siberia, Luxembourg to Moscow, Tatarstan to Helsinki and almost everywhere in between.
A native of Tatarstan-Udmurtia region of Central Russia, ZULYA began performing Russian and Tatar songs at the age of 9. Later she studied music and languages at university level. She made a dramatic decision to settle in Australia in 1991 and inspired by the diversity of cultures began to share her music with Australians. ZULYA's first release in Australia, Journey of Voice (1997), a unique collection of vocal styles and traditions received accolades for its versatility, passion and the "achingly beautiful" tone of her voice. In the following years, Australian audiences have been able to witness the continuing rise of this unique musical treasure. ZULYA's later albums, Aloukie(1999) and elusive (2002) have also been released in Europe and have been awarded and nominated for various awards - the World Music Album of the Year 2000 at the Australian World Music Awards (Aloukie) and ARIA 2003 (elusive). These albums feature traditional and original songs in her distinctive Tatar style but with unusual instrumentation, presenting the traditional music from a new perspective. Several tracks from these albums have been included in various compilations such as Putumayo's Music from the Tea Lands and Dreamland along with many others. ZULYA's work has been repeatedly featured on national radio and television to high acclaim, and she was also awarded "Female Artist of the Year" at the World Music Awards (2001) and Best World Music Artist by Australian Live Music Awards (2002). ZULYA has worked with Bob Brozman, Nikola Parov, Slava Grigoryan, Sirocco, Llew Kiek and Epizo Bangoura among others.
Since beginning collaboration with The Children of the Underground in 2003, ZULYA's music has further developed in surprising and intriguing directions. The band brings a new level of sophistication in arrangement and musicianship to ZULYA's work, immediately apparent in highly -acclaimed "The Waltz of Emptiness", and perhaps even more so in the recently released "3 Nights" (2007). These two albums showcase the band's impressive facility with their instruments, and listeners are struck by their talent for the composition of sublime melodies. ZULYA and The Children of the Underground continue to dazzle audiences with their passion for music and outstanding musicianship and during the last few years have performed at many major venues and festivals in Europe, Russia, Tatarstan, and of course in Australia, including The Moods (Zurich, Switzerland), Kulturbrauerei (Berlin, Germany), Savoy Teatteri (Helsinki, Finland), Szene and SARGFABRIK (Vienna, Austria), Kulturfabrik (Luxembourg), Red Square (Moscow, Russia), Piramida (Kazan, Tatarstan), Living Water Festival (Altai Mountains, Siberia), Red Club (St.Petersburg, Russia), WOMADELAIDE (SA), QPAC - Women in Voice (Qld), Sydney Opera House (NSW), The Basement (NSW), Iwaki Auditorium, Bennetts Lane and Northcote Social Club (Vic), National Folk Festival (ACT), 10 Days On The Island Arts festival (Tas), Woodford Folk Festival (Qld), Brisbane Biennial Festival of Music (Qld), Apollo Bay Music Festival (Vic), Kulcha (WA), Musician in Residence Program, Aboriginal communities (NT) etc.