Sahar Dara’an: A promising talent from Aden
Yemeni TV channels have contributed to publicizing her gift across Yemen, while her participation in celebrations organized by Aden University, public ceremonies such as national festivals and singing soirees on the radio have all contributed to her growing success.
She also produces some segments on Aden radio and in 2010 represented Yemen during the Radio and Television Festival in Bahrain.
Sahar, who was born in 1989, was brought up by a family with artistic tendencies and has always loved music. Her uncle, Ahmed Dara’an, is a renowned violinist and a graduate of a Russian arts institute while her other uncle, Ali Dara’an, is an actor and director who has produced a number of plays.
“My participation,” Sahar told Yemen Times, “in the field of singing and presenting school programs started when I was a child. When I was in secondary school, I excelled in daily activities and summer functions. I was always keen to be first in class.”
Sahar is now a senior mass media student at the faculty of arts at Aden University. “When I joined the university, I just got more active because the college atmosphere is supportive and there’s also the university activity center that helps even more.”
Always willing to take part in campus activities, including university student week, Sahar won Aden University’s singing competition in 2009. She is also keen to participate in national functions such as revolution and unity anniversaries in various governorates.
Last year, she won the president’s youth prize for singing at the city level.
In addition to singing, Sahar also writes poetry and sometimes publishes in local newspapers. She also aspires to compose songs. “Soon,” she said, “I’ll sing songs I composed myself.”
Although Sahar is a regular on Yemeni TV, this does not satisfy her ambition of launching a career in the whole Arab world. “My aim is to spread Yemeni art abroad, especially since many well-known Arab singers have been adding Yemeni songs to their albums [without mentioning their origin].”
She added, “I had to stay in Yemen to pursue my studies, but I had some participation in Gulf States like the Bahrain festival two years ago when Yemen joined the Gulf States Radio and Television.”
As for the status of female in Yemen, Sahar said, “Women’s situation in Yemen is difficult because of ‘bad practices’ that result in a shortage of female voices. However, I was lucky because my family is artist and encouraged me and made things easier for me from early age.”