Dashni Murad

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Dashni Murad
Dashni Morad at Hans van Eijsden.jpg
Background information
Native name دەشنێ موراد
Also known as Dashni Morad
Born (1986-01-01) 1 January 1986 (age 28)
Duhok, Kurdistan
Origin The Netherlands
Genres Dance, Kurdish, pop
Years active 2006–present
Website www.dashnimorad.com

Dashni Morad (Kurdish: دەشنێ موراد, born 1 January 1986) is a Kurdish born Dutch pop singer and television presenter.

Early life[edit]

Dashni Morad was born on 1 January 1986 in Duhok, Kurdistan Region. She moved to the Netherlands at the age of nine, and has acquired Dutch nationality.[1] She lived in a town named 'Didam.' Morad is an association football fan and played as an amateur for many years before leaving it to sing. She also started modelling work at the age of 16.



Morad first came to prominence as the host of the Kurdistan TV television program Be Control (English: No Control) when she was 19.[2] She also had her own program, The Dashni Show,[3] a talk show where she spoke openly about issues of concern for women, including romantic relationships, a subject that remains taboo in Kurdish society.[4] And then she returned to Kurdistan TV, presented and supervised a new program named (shepolekany zhian) English:(wave of life), the program talked about the social subject in Kurdistan and a lot of entertainment subject.


Dashni Morad released her debut album, Hela Hopa, in August 2009. She is currently working on her second album which will be available on 7 July 2010. Her act, with sexually suggestive dance moves, has roused controversy amongst both conservative Muslims and women rights campaigners.[5]

Her song "Sike Wawe"[6] was recorded in Lebanon by music video director Fadi Haddad in March 2010. The clip has two versions, one in Kurdish and the other in Arabic and made her a crossover Kurdish artist in the Arab World, where her songs are put regularly on Arabic music channels.

Her second album, Hom Sike Wawe, was released in July 2010 to very little promotion. It was boycotted by most of the media, but she was able to convince respected Arabic music channel ROTANA to play "Shika Wawa".[citation needed] Murad also attracted attention in 2010 when she helped an Ethiopian housemaid become a singer.[7]

Firista Mihreban (Peaceful Angel), Murad's third album, was produced by VIN TV and was released in 2011.

After two years of success Dashni returned to Kurdistani Iraq for the first time in twelve years.

Morad is mentioned in the in 2008 German book Der Fluch des langen Krieges: Wie Osama bin Laden den Westen zu besiegen droht by Michael Clasen (ISBN 978-3937989464).


  • Hela Hupa (2009)
  • Hom Sike Wawe (2010)
  • Firista Mihreban

Television appearances[edit]

  • Be Control - Kurdistan TV
  • The Dashni Show - Korek TV
  • Şepollekanî jyan - Kurdistan TV


  1. ^ http://www.dashnimorad.com/index.php/bio
  2. ^ Ahmad, Asso (17 October 2009). "IRAQ: Kurdistan's 'Shakira' causes shock waves in her homeland". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  3. ^ ""Kurdish Shakira" shakes customs". eKurd. Retrieved 24 May 2011. 
  4. ^ "Dashni Murad shakes conservative Kurdistan". Dawn.com. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Shakira school of feminism shakes up Kurdistan". The Daily Star. 28 August 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2009. 
  6. ^ Salihi, Mariwan Faydullah (May 2010). "Dashni Murad Makes Kurdish Music History". Kurd Net. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Ethiopian maid trades cleaning for singing in Iraq". Al Arabiya News. 6 November 2010. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 

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