Exclusive Interview with Dashni Morad talking about her life, music and latest hit “Power of Love”
Erbilia Online Magazine had the pleasure of interviewing Kurdistan’s most beloved and talented singer Dashni Morad. Thank you Dashni for giving us, and the public the chance to know more about your charming personality and amazing songs.
Date of Interview: May 5, 2013
Place: Erbil Rotana Hotel, Kurdistan region, Iraq
Interviewer: Mustafa Adil – Journalist/photographer at Erbilia Online Magazine
INTERVIEW PART ONE
Mustafa (M): Dashni, it’s a pleasure to meet you.
Dashni (D): Thank you so much!
M: I’m really happy to see you today. So please, tell us a little bit about your song, Power of Love.
D: Yes, the Power of Love. Last year in 2012, while the situation in Syria started to get messy, a lot of people were homeless and many escaped to other countries. Many Kurds were among them, and since I’ve been through war myself in 1990, it reminded me of the time I have been in the mountains and watched people escape towards Iran and Turkey. I saw people die; I saw helicopters throwing food to us… When I went to Holland and I felt free and I came back and felt more freedom. But when that happened to my brothers and sisters, and they went to the camp, I felt very sad. I thought, “it just doesn’t stop- this war doesn’t stop anywhere in the world. I just want to sing a song about how the world is the home of all of us and we should love each other.” So we recorded in Holland in January.
M: So the place was in Holland, the Netherlands?
D: The studio recording, yes. And the music video for Power of Love was also in Holland. That’s how the story started; it’s about giving each other love, about respecting each other and loving each other.
M: You love helping people, there is a huge humanitarian side of you that people know about, what makes you help others?
D: That is about inspiring each other and how when you love yourself, you have to love your surroundings, as well. I grew up in Holland, and in Holland they respect nature a lot and everyone does charity. You start when you’re little in school, they teach you how to do projects and raise money for third world countries. So I felt an obligation to use my power as an artist to send a message to the media that we need to take care of our home. It’s about the humanity, and you show that. It’s a message.
M: I saw the pictures and they were very nice. What you’re doing is amazing.
D: Thank you very much, and they were so much fun to do! You can join us next time.
M: It’s a message about peace. Alright, tell me who is your favorite Iraqi artist, or even Kurdish or Arab artist?
D: Well, when it comes to Iraqi artists, there are so many great artists. But to be very honest, and it’s not because he’s number one but because he is a good role model, I think I would say Kazem Al Saher. He’s a role model. When you get famous, you can get into problems in how you deal with people. But he takes care of himself, he works out, he knows how to talk to people, where to perform. He knows how to keep up his image, so it’s more than singing.
M: It’s about building a personality for himself.
D: Well, he is a role model for millions of people, and he behaves in a good way to portray the good things. That makes a good artist to me.
M: How about Lebanese artists? Who is your favorite?
D: Carole Samaha. I really like her very much.
M: Which region in Kurdistan are you from originally?
D: I’m from Sulaymaniyah. My mom was born and raised in Hawraman, and my dad was born in Kirkuk. But they both, when they were teenagers, they came to Sulaymaniyah. So I’m from Sulaymaniyah, I was born there.
M: And now you live in Holland, the Netherlands?
D: I live now here, for four years, at least.
M: Oh, in Erbil?
D: Yes, but I travel a lot.
M: But your home base is here in Erbil?
D: Yes, I’m based here.
M: That’s nice. How about concerts, will you be having any concerts here in the near future?
D: There are a lot of festivals and concerts, but at the moment I’m focusing on being in the studio because we are working on an English songs album and developing myself more. I’m at a stage where I’m taking in a lot of information and training a lot. I did cancel a lot of festivals and concerts because of that. I just want to be in the studio; writing, I just wrote a whole text two days ago, it’s very deep.
M: So this says you’re really in love with music. When you were a kid, did you want to be a singer?
D: Yes, when I was a kid I always felt like I was different because I felt like, “I am ugly”, and then one day I watched The Ugly Duckling. I never got attention from anyone…
M: (laughs) This is not true, honestly. I have to say.
D: Thank you, but you know, as a girl it’s different. I never got any attention when I was playing in the street or at home, because I was very dark. And then I was watching that, and the Ugly Duckling one day became very beautiful. And I said, one day, I’ll be that. So I think when I was a kid I always felt like I was living in my own world. I was making movies in my head.
M: Who do you think helped you to become famous?
D: If you say one person, it’s unfair, because many people helped me. It begins with my parents, with my family, and then with Kurdistan TV. Then there are the musicians I’ve worked with, and the companies who’ve helped me like Vin-TV and Korek. And now, for two years and one year fully, my serious step into making music that is close to me is because of BMB Group.
M: That sounds very nice, actually. It’s nice to see your parents helping you and doing such nice things.
D: Yeah, I was experimenting for a long time… If your parents don’t support you, it’s very hard, very hard, specially in our culture, you cannot rebel and go and do it alone…
END OF PART ONE
Dashni Morad interview PART TWO with Erbilia Online Magazine is coming soon….
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