Sara Dziri

Sara Dziri

Belgium / Tunisian producer and DJ Sara Dziri has released her debut album Close To Home. She is a resident DJ at the Fuse Brussels techno club, and hosts radio shows on Kiosk Radio and Tsugi Radio. Dziri also co-founded Not Your Techno in 2019, a platform and party collective dedicated to bringing more diversity to the Belgian underground scene.

This album embraces her roots in North Africa with modern dance music from Europe. It is that marriage where this album gets very interesting. She samples the qanun – a string instrument played in North Africa, and then combines that with house, techno, electro and neo-classical.

“Close To Home is a musical exploration of living in the in-between, with a need for belonging,” explains Dziri. 

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“Having shaped my identity between two very different cultures (European and North-African/Arab/Berber), I often had to deal with feelings of not belonging versus feelings of belonging. This differed based on the language I speak (ranging from Flemish to English, French to fluent Tunisian Arabic), the people I am with, the country or even the city I am in. Often this leads to me feeling very close to home, yet not completely home.”

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