Zulya Kamalova

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Zulya Kamalova
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Zulya performing live with Children of the Underground in 2008.
Background information
Origin Sarapul, Soviet Union
Genres World music, Russian music, Tatar music
Occupation(s) 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[edit]

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]



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


  1. ^ a b "Biography". Zulya.com. December 2007. Retrieved 2009-06-28. [dead link]
  2. ^ "Zulya Kamalova". Answers.com. Retrieved 2009-06-28. 
  3. ^ http://www.zulya.com/bio.html
  4. ^ http://www.wmce.de/

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