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Welcome To DanDana, a show through which we discover and share remarkable sounds across time and borders, travelling from Andalusia to Mongolia and from Yemen to Anatolia. Each episode will explore a new theme or place and illustrate the musical links which stretch across the region. The show also includes exclusive interviews with seasoned musicians and audiophiles from the region.

Hosted by Christina Hazboun, Emily Sarsam and Yamen Mekdad, we are 3 friends with roots in the Middle East and branches in London, eager to share our passion for music and learnings which we gain along this journey.

By Year

  • 2021

  • 2020

  • 2019

  • 2018

By Tag

  • #dandana

  • arabic music podcast

  • Arabic

  • arabic music

  • Middle East

  • Egypt

  • Palestine

  • Electronic

  • World

  • Revolution

  • resistance

  • SOAS Radio

  • gnawa

  • jazz

  • Algeria

  • North Africa

  • Blues

  • Music

  • Moody Kablawi

  • DAM

  • Athens

  • Yousra Mansour

  • independent

  • Mahmood Jrere

  • Afro Beats

  • Libya

  • sheikh imam

  • Cairo Congress on Arab Music

  • Raymond Haddad

  • podcast

  • kuwait

  • Morocco

  • alternative

  • arabic hiphop

  • Reggae

  • ambient

  • Haifa

  • London Jazz festival

  • afro futurism

  • black music

  • 1938

  • Kamilya Jubran

  • istanbul

  • Refugees

  • Bab L'Bluz

  • Armenia

  • Maysa Daw

  • MENA

  • Rasha Nahas

  • Tunis

  • Tunisia

  • Solidarity

  • stambeli

  • afro

  • electro

  • Marocco

  • trance

  • Rock

  • Resilience

  • healing

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DanDana Episode 18 | With Rasha NahasTue, 2021-02-02 19:52

On top of the high mountains of Haifa, by the Mediterranean see there lies a vibrant scene of Palestinian music, from... See details

DanDana Episode 17 | W/ Yousra Mansour of Bab L'BluzTue, 2021-01-05 22:33

In this intimate DanDana podcast host and producer Christina Hazboun talks to the wonderful Yousra Mansour, front woman... See details

DanDana Episode 16 | Black Music MattersThu, 2020-08-20 22:21

In light of the multiple events that have swept the globe this year, DanDana team decided to reflect on some of the... See details

DanDana Episode 15 | Sheikh Imam Part IIWed, 2020-06-10 11:00

To commemorate the passing of Sheikh Imam on the 7th of June 1995, DanDana team are releasing this special second part... See details

DanDana Episode 14 | Ambient Music in Greater MENAFri, 2020-06-05 20:40

The borders between genres such as ambient, drone, musique concrète, electro-acoustic and experimental music are... See details

DanDana Episode 13 | Resistance and Solidarity Pt. 2Thu, 2020-05-07 21:49

Expanding on our first part of Ep. 13 Resistance and Solidarity, we carry on the path to explore inter-sectional and... See details

DanDana Ep. 12 | Resistance and SolidaritySat, 2020-04-18 21:00

NB: This episode was recorded during the Covied-19 lockdown and aired on radio el huma #راديو_الحومة As... See details

DanDana SPECIAL Ep. 11 | Ammar 808Thu, 2020-02-06 13:42

Out of the drawer of history, we summoned out an interview that DanDana co-hosts Christina Hazboun and Yamen Mekdad... See details

DanDana SPECIAL Ep. 10 | Nuri, Tunis, Afro-futurism and the UndergroundMon, 2019-12-23 14:48

In the last episode of 2019 co-host and producer Christina Hazboun interviews Tunisian producer and musician Nuri... See details

DanDana Ep. 09 | Musikarama: Refugee Musicians in AthensMon, 2019-11-04 13:21

Early July DanDana team Christina Hazboun, Emily Sarsam and Yamen Makdad met in Athens to celebrate fellow co-host... See details

DanDana Ep. 08 | Sheikh Imam Part IMon, 2019-08-26 17:00

DanDana hosts Christina Hazboun and Yamen Mekdad chat with music historian Hazem Jamjoum. Travelling back in history to... See details

DanDana Ep. 07 | DAM Special GuestsTue, 2019-06-25 13:17

DanDana team in cooperation with MARSM hosted Maysa Daw and Mahmood Jrere from DAM at SOAS Radio. The band visited... See details

DanDana Ep. 06 | Live at Can Plak IstanbulThu, 2019-05-16 21:50

In this special episode, DanDana team goes wandering. Co-host Christina Hazboun gets lost in New York, while co-host... See details

DanDana Ep 05 | Arabic Jazz With Amir ElSaffarMon, 2019-03-11 13:36

  Dandana team's quick review of the last 70 years of Arabic Jazz across the region where we take our listeners... See details

DanDana Ep 04 | Armenian MusicWed, 2019-02-06 18:06

  A long-awaited episode from the DanDana team is back. We’re travelling to Armenia to explore the eclectic... See details

DanDana EP03 | Cairo Congress on Arab MusicTue, 2019-01-08 12:36

DanDana returns in full force with special guest Hazem Jamjoum, who’s writing his PhD on Arabic Music and previously... See details

DanDana EP02 | Gnawa And BeyondTue, 2018-08-28 10:19

Dandana is back! Our second episode is dedicated to the healing music of Stambeli, Gnawa and beyond! The healing... See details

DanDana EP01 | TunisiaWed, 2018-06-27 11:42

In our first episode we share a glimpse into the diverse musical landscape of Tunisia. From bass heavy hip hop beats to... See details