Qatari composer and record label founder Dana Al Fardan on realising her childhood dreams and her mission to put Qatar's music industry on the world map. Words by Emma Bartholomew.
shesaid.so: You are Qatar’s only female contemporary composer and the creator of its first and only record label, DNA Records (which you started in 2016). How did you become the type of person who achieves such accomplishments?! Are there certain characteristics, ways you work, or mentors in your life that you can attribute to where you are today?
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