A Year In Dandin

It’s been a year since the launch of Dandin as an audio platform for the Middle East. And it has been a joy to discover such varied talent along the way from a still nascent, but burgeoning, movement. Whether in music, poetry or other audio formats, the snapshot of this past year has been heady and wildly eclectic.…

Fall Up

A new project, Fall Up is a collaboration between Amr Ezz and Youssef Aly. The result is a mesh of trip-hop and electronic ambience, with reverb-laden vocals and orchestral-type arrangements. Ezz is also one half of the Alexandrian duo Aqsa Alwasat with Tuqa McAwi, who are due to release an album of their remastered tracks in the…

Cloud 9 Music Festival Playlist

We’re only a few days away now from the second iteration of the Cloud 9 Music Festival kicking off in Nuweiba Thursday. Never in need of an excuse to roll out a Dandin playlist but doing one with some of the artists from the three day lineup tickled our fancy. You can hear it here. It features some of our regular favourites…

Nadah El Shazly

Sour, dour and proud is the default setting at which we usually operate here deep in the recesses of Dandin towers so it’s exceedingly rare that we might find anything enchanting, rarer still that we’d admit it. The artist that has forced our hand on both counts is Nadah El Shazly and if anyone could disarm you thirty…

Cloud 9 Music Festival

Life just got that little bit grander for us at Dandin towers upon learning of the upcoming Cloud 9 music festival taking place in Nuweiba September 4 – 6. The festival lineup is chock full of doyens and debutants of the contemporary Egyptian music scene spread across the three days (or waves as the organisers are…

BLUFRANK

A little funk, a dash of soul, a dollop of a groovy beat on top feel good summer vibes and you get the producer known as BLUFRANK. Not content with remixes of dance classics such as The Bucketheads’ The Bomb, Mr. BLU also indulges in his own original disco funk tunes, much to the delight of all the folks…

HA!

UPDATE: The album is now out and can be heard here. Only a day to go before the release of HA! the new album by Hello, Psychaleppo. The Syrian artist has created a new project that expands on his style, a style which  fuses old school Arabic heritage music with electronic sounds. The mix is heady. Having already…

Bikya

Stalwarts of the Egyptian electronic music scene, Bikya are one of the most respected bands around, a band’s band if you will, a musician’s band. That doesn’t render them inaccessible in the slightest, far from it; they’re an audio treat if there ever was one, in addition to their pushing-boundaries dial being set to overdrive. The good…

Abadir vs El-Sayed

Grounded in the world of synth, there’s a lot to respect about the music of Rami Abadir and Mostafa El-Sayed in terms of approach and what they’re trying to do. More importantly though, the work sounds good. There’s few things more satisfying than the double whammy of great sounding music coming from artists  who stand…

Discover

The Discover page on Dandin. This is where you can find all the artists on the website and can further split into categories (music/stories) and genres (rock, electronic, alternative etc). You can also view it by artist or track and on the top left you can see the most listened and most liked. It’s a…

The Dandin Show

In the spirit of similitude comes the Dandin Show, an audio show where we introduce a selection of tracks found on the website to an English-speaking audience. In this first episode we kick it off with the new single by Beirut-based Syrian electro-gem Hello, Psychaleppo entitled Badawiya Lovin’. We move on to another electronic trio,…

Welcome to the Dandin blog

Welcome to the Dandin blog, the English accompaniment to the Arabic language audio platform Dandin. The aim of this blog is to highlight some of the stellar talent of the Middle East hosted on the website to a wider audience. Covering a variety of musical genres in addition to non-musical audio, there’s a lot of…