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Zulya Kamalova

Zulya Kamalova
Zulya performing live with Children of the Underground in 2008.
Background information
Origin Sarapul, Soviet Union
Genres World music, Russian music, Tartar music
Occupations singer
Years active 1992-present
Labels Unstable Ape Records
Associated acts Children of the Underground

Zulya Kamalova (Russian: Зуля Камалова) is an award-winning Tatar singer. She currently resides in Australia, though she tours both countries frequently.


Zulya was born in Sarapul, Udmurtia and grew up in Tatarstan. She began performing and writing music at age 9.[1]

In 1991, Zulya moved to Australia, settling in Hobart, Tasmania, after which she performed extensively both solo and with accompanists. During this period she released several limited-run cassettes and a full-length album called Journey of Voice. She then moved to Melbourne, later formed the band Children of the Underground. In 1994 she signed to Melbourne-based independent record label Unstable Ape Records.[2]

Musical style

Zulya is known for her interpretations of Tatar and Russian music, often playing with a backing band, Children of the Underground.[1] Instrumentation typically includes accordion, double bass, percussion, guitar, brass and string arrangements and occasionally jaw harp.[3]


  • ARIA 2007 (Australian Record Industry Awards) World Music Album of the Year for 3 Nights
  • National Film and Sound Archive Award 2005 Best Album for The Waltz of Emptiness
  • ARIA 2003 World Music Album of the Year nomination for elusive
  • Australian LIVE Music Awards 2002 World Music Artist of the Year
  • Australian World Music Awards 2001 Artist of the Year
  • Australian World Music Awards 2000 Album of the year for Aloukie


Year Album European World Music Charts[4]
1997 Journey of Voice
1999 Aloukie
2002 elusive
2005 The Waltz of Emptiness (and Other Songs on Russian Themes)
2007 3 Nights
2007 elusive (re-release)
2010 Tales of Subliming


  • BBC Radio "Beyond the Horizon", 2008
  • Music Deli "Celebration", 2007
  • Asian Dreamland, Putumayo, USA, 2006
  • Asian Garden, Clubstar, Germany, 2004
  • Felix and Me, ABC Classic FM, 2004
  • Dreamland, Putumayo, USA, 2003
  • World Circuitry, 2003
  • 30 Years of Maldon Folk Festival, 2003
  • Nightingale, ABC Classic FM, 2002
  • Music from around the world, Festival of Asian Music, 2002
  • Music from the Tea Lands, Putumayo, USA, 2000
  • Australian Folk Compilation, 2000
  • Port-Fairy Folk Festival Live Celebration 2000
  • 3LO Deli Breakfast Compilation, 1999


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