Magazine article New Internationalist

Ayeshteni by Natacha Atlas

Magazine article New Internationalist

Ayeshteni by Natacha Atlas

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Ayeshteni by Natacha Atlas

Natacha Atlas is to be marvelled at. She's a singer - British, of mixed Muslim and Sephardic heritage - of breathtaking mettle; she communicates a musical quality that transcends difference; and she manages to make all this sound so much fun. What more could anyone want?

As 1999's Gedida album demonstrated, Atlas has, since her relocation to Egypt, become an important player in that country's development of al-jil (generation) music - a popular, Arabic-language format that draws from both sampler technology and Middle Eastern traditions. There are wonderful surprises scattered all over Ayeshteni. `Shubra' gathers a momentum from a hint of dance beats powered by beautiful slithery strings and a vocal whose emotional quality is apparent despite any language barriers. …

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