Samira Dainan

26 February 2020

Samira Dainan is a singer and writer. She developed her music style in Jazz / Blues and North African music. Through cultural exchanges and performances with musicians from the renowned Moroccan roots scene she built up a lot of knowledge and skills in this scene.

Samira is now composing songs with guitarist Bas Gaakeer for her band Samira’s Blues, in Arabic, Tamazight and French. Their first EP Ya Baba was successfully launched in Paradiso Amsterdam. The band tours now throughout the Netherlands, was support act for the famous Tuareg bands Tamikrest and Imarhan and played this fall at the famous Taragalte festival in the Sahara of Morocco.

Samira's passion for the Arts became clear when she specialised during her studies of Law's Anthropology in the (oral) law of the Desert Nomads. She then left for a longer period of time in Morocco to explore her roots.

Samira's literary debut "Forty Days - My Search for Comfort" was published in 2016. She describes the forty days after the death of her father, painter and poet Ahmed Dainan from Asilah, Morocco. (Moving, vulnerable and heavy! - Abdelkader Benali)