This week’s kick-ass woman of the week is someone who has been featured on my blog in the past, but I had to feature her again. Dana Salah, aka King Deco, is a Jordanian singer, producer, and songwriter. She recently released a new video for her single, “One,” and her new EP, “Tigris,” is out now. If you haven’t heard her music yet, start with the video – I’ve had “One” on repeat the past few days and I just love it! Her voice, the chorus, and the music are all absolutely mesmerizing.
She does a masterful job combining Arab-influenced lyrics and style with a thoroughly modern feel. I love how artistic she is and how she uses influences from her upbringing and combines them with modern sounds. Her favorite Arab singer is Fairuz, and Dana definitely embodies some of that ethereal quality in her singing. Dana’s is a beautiful face of the new Arab generation – one that is creative, ambitious, and resourceful.
Last time I talked about Dana on Woman Unveiled, she gave us an exclusive interview. My favorite part was her advice to young Arab girls: “We have some great traditions and qualities, being ambitious doesn’t mean letting go of any of them. Go for it. Just because people around us want what is best for us, it doesn’t always mean they know what that is. Trust your instincts. Creativity is a gift from God, using it is our gift back. Work extremely hard and do it for the right reasons. The rest will work itself out.”
Great advice that I think even older folks can use from time to time!
Dana also kindly gave us another mini-interview about her latest efforts:
I read that you spent the last year in the studio… can you tell us what a typical day was like for you?
I spent the last six months in the studio writing and recording potential songs for upcoming EPs and projects. The six months before that were spent slowly coming into myself as an artist and creating a sound I believed in.
What was your biggest influence in creating this EP?
My personal experiences were the biggest influence in making ‘Tigris’ and ‘Euphrates’. It started there and then I just found movies, characters and songs that fell into that.
Your video style is so unique, can you tell us how you and your team came up with the idea?
Nick Wiesner (director), Martine Choo (my cowriter) and I sat down with the record for a couple of weeks before we decided what visual would represent the song best. We wanted to put together a dreamlike representation of my transition from Dana to Deco. There were some main themes that we listed to drive the point across: self battle, growth and transformation, and one-ness with nature, yourself and the people around you…
Any performances coming up (maybe in the Middle East)?
A dream of mine is to come back and perform in the Middle East. Right now though I have a show coming up at the Knitting Factory on June 7th.
Read my exclusive interview with Dana here.
Her EP is now out, you can find it on iTunes here. Check out King Deco’s site here and stay up to date with her on her Twitter and Facebook.
Until next time…