From composing and songwriting to scoring and curating bespoke compositions, Dana lends her deep understanding of the cross-generational power of music to a number of leading international brands and cultural institutions, creating an immersive musical realm across mediums varying from TV shows and video games to feature films, ad campaigns and theatre productions.
Broken Wings Doha
Based on Khalil Gibran’s masterpiece ‘Broken Wings’, this musical was co-written and composed by Dana and Nadin Namaan, shedding a light on Kahlil Gibran as both an artist and individual. Broken Wings first opened at London’s Theatre Royal Haymarket in August 2018 to a sold-out audience followed by a second run at the Opera House at Katara Cultural Village. In July 2020, ‘Broken Wings’ was performed in Lebanon as part of the 35th anniversary of the prestigious Beiteddine Arts Festival.
Lusail Stadium will host the opening and closing matches of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar. The song was produced in Qatar with an incredible team of professionals (Maias Alyamani, Katara Studios, musicians from the Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, Oud player, Percussionist, Rababa and the Naham Singer).
Sounds of the Library was composed as the branding song for the Qatar National Library. The Emir HH Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al Thani patronised the inauguration of the Qatar National Library (QNL) at the Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development (QF) on the 16th April 2018.
This song is a reflection on Qatar's past - which will forever be connected to its present, and future. Like the sand that the modernist city emerged from, the spirit of Qatar transcends time. Performed globally with the renowned Qatar Philharmonic Orchestra, in front Urs Fischer’s iconic ‘Lamp Bear’ sculpture, ‘The Beginning’ is the HIA official theme music.
Making of rISING
“The idea behind writing this song and collaborating with the AFCENT Band was born out of a shared drive to promote inclusion and connectivity. This was proposed during a visit to the female soccer team Washington Spirit. The girls were great models for women in sports. Their dedication and commitment provided an example of the universal pursuit of excellence in all fields. Their energy inspired me to up my game in the sports I practice. When it comes to sports, music and art in general, there is no language barrier and that is what this song is intended to demonstrate; that we may be worlds apart geographically but at our core, and in our hearts, we are all made of the same building blocks. And when we communicate from that place, everything is within our reach”.
One of the songs from ‘Broken Wings’ the musical, ‘Selma’ was shot in the prolific writer’s hometown as a tribute to his literary achievements.
Fjiri is a song included in Dana's albu Sandstorm. In her words: "Much like the blues, pearl diving music is an art form that was born out of hardship and perseverance in Qatar. Playing a prominent role in the local economy, the pearl trade put great pressure on traders and divers .‘FJIRI’ is an important reflection and reminder of the struggles that helped shape the country."
Carrying forward traditional Qatari sounds into a modern context, ‘FJIRI’ draws from filmic scoring to create an otherworldly audio landscape.