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From Arab Roots to World Sounds: Natacha Atlas
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This project is funded by the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, through the generous support of the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.

+ About the Performance
This program was recorded 09/15/2006 at Symphony Space.

Natacha Atlas will perform a roots-oriented repertoire which includes songs of Fairuz and Abdel Halim Hafez and classical versions of her own songs. The program will include selections from her most recent CD, Mish Maoul (Beggard Banquet).

+ About the Artists

Based in the UK, Middle Eastern diva Natacha Atlas has built a reputation for combining the ancient tradition of Arab maqam with classical Western music and contemporary sounds, including jazz, reggae, and the rap. She has garnered international renown for her original and innovative work, performing throughout the world at festivals, theatres and clubs, and making numerous recordings. She has been a seminal influence in Arab/Western crossover music, adapting her distinctive style of Arab singing to various musical styles. According to Songlines, "somewhere in the borderland between East and West there lies an intriguing little country - and Natacha Atlas is its national living treasure."
Born in Belgium, she is Middle Eastern descent with ancestral and family links to Egypt, Palestine and Morocco. Having moved around the world for most of her life - living in Brussels, Egypt, Greece and England - her experience of different cultures has influences her music. In her late teens, she learned the art of belly dancing, which has been an important part of her performances. She gained fame in the world music scene in the 1990s as lead singer and belly dancer with the London-based multi-cultural collective Transglobal Underground, and went on to launch her solo career on 1995. A star in France, she had a top ten hit there in 2000 with her Arabicized version of Monamie la rose, and was named Best Femal Singer at the Victoires de la Musique Awards (France's equivalent to Grammy). In addition to her own albums for Beggars Banquet, she has sung on recordings by Jah Wobble, the Dhol Foundation, Musafir, the Indigon Girls and Nigel Kennedy, among others and on film scores such as Stargate, Hulk, Die Another Day, and The World Is Not Enough.

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