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House concert in Kitchener, Ontario – little video snippets

Here’s some little video taken on a mobile device during my “house concert” in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. The concert was in fact held in Haft Vadi Bellydancing studio… thanks to my hosts Dharlene and Sheldon Valeda, as well as Ralph and Miranda Phelan who invited me to come to Kitchener!

This song is a gig favourite where I often get the crowd to sing along… it’s called “Give Thanks”.

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Off to North America!

This March Shameem is heading off across the Pacific Ocean for a whirlwind tour. Her trip includes performances at Canadian Music Week, as well as attending SXSW Music Conference and a number of side-shows and house concerts. For more details, see Shameem’s blog article.

We're Playing at Canadian Music Fest 2012

Star-spangled maple leaves

So, in case you haven’t seen my ranting all over Facebook and twitter, I’m off to Canada and the USA this March – yay!!

USA Canada tour map

What will I be doing? Here’s my itinerary:

  • 12-17 March: attend SXSW Music Conference in Austin, Texas
  • 19-24 March: attend and perform at Canadian Music Week, Toronto
  • 24-27 March: house concerts and side-shows in Canada
  • 28-31 March: house concerts and side-shows in the USA

So, if you have friends in Toronto, New York or Washington DC, please share the love and let them know about my gigs. Check out this poster for all my show dates (not including house concerts)…
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Unplugged performance while on tour in Geraldton

While on tour in Geraldton, Dom and I recorded this little ditty for you in our lovely beachside apartment.

Show at Brisbane Jazz Club, Brisbane (National Tour)

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Photos by Quiet Chaos. Check out a review for this show by Lady Lex (from Scene Magazine).

Show at El Rocco, Sydney (National Tour)

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Thank you to Paul for these photos.

Touring Oz

Sound check at El Rocco, Sydney

Four days, four shows, four cities in four states. Sound like a mad mad mad mad schedule to you? It was! Let’s dispel the myth now: touring is not like going on a holiday where you happen to rock up to a club some evenings and play a show. It’s hard, grinding work… great fun, but tough!
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Show at Bar 303, Melbourne (National Tour)

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Many thanks to Tony Chiu for the photos.

“Shameem – Brisbane Jazz Club July 28” – Scene Magazine (Brisbane) live review, 01/08/12

The Brisbane Jazz Club was hectic this Saturday evening; it was like unfurling a surprise gift. A classy supper club, the beautiful cityscape posed a wonderful setting to the stage of a simple jazz rhythm rhythm section with bass, guitar, keyboard supported by a grand piano and a jazz kit propping the backup vocalist and vanguard of Perth singer-songwriter Shameem. Covers of ’90s tracks from Jon Secada’s ‘Just Another Day’ to Erykah Badu’s sassy ‘Certainly’, and a stunning unplugged piano version of 4 Non Blonde’s ‘What’s Up’, were worked in alongside originals from Shameem’s self-titled album. A charming stream of patter explained the history of each song. From the strawberry coloured birthmark on her cheek for ‘Strawberry’, to a woman’s perspective in a male dominated world with ‘Yin’ and the funky groove of ‘Parents & Children’, Shameem’s vocal suppleness and song-writing talents were on display. Her melismatic improvisation and scatting shone as her tones varied between angelic and forceful. Shameem’s dynamic charisma was apparent to all while her band pulsated. The guitar wandered in and out of melodies, the keys enhancing textures, the drums abounding with rimshots while the bass remained at the centre of this controlled cataclysm. The performance had all the reminiscence of Jacques Prevert, the R&B of Angie Stone, an Ella Fitzgerald treatment with the tightness of a Gil Evans score and the pace of The Brand New Heavies; unplugged and lashed with exuberance. There’s nothing like the vibrancy of live music. Package it in the Brisbane Jazz Club with top musicianship and it can’t be beat.

Lady Lex, Scene Magazine
Photos: Quite Chaos

“Shameem” – Rip It Up (Adelaide) article, 26/07/12

By Robert Dunstan

Shameem is a contemporary jazz, soul and R&B singer who was born in Australia to a Chinese-Malaysian father and Iranian mother.

She’s currently on a national tour to promote the release of a self-titled debut which will bring the sonstress and her full band to Adelaide for one show only.
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