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Natacha Atlas: The Best of Natacha Atlas (Mantra)

1 Jun 2005  |  <1 min read

Atlas -- born in Belgium but with family links to Egyptian, Palestinian and Moroccan cultures -- is one the most thrilling contemporary voices of the Middle East crescent. She came to attention in the early 90s with Jah Wobble’s Invaders of the Heart then the dance-electronica outfit TransGlobal Underground out of London. Her solo career began with the Diaspora album in 95 and since... > Read more

BAABA MAAL INTERVIEWED (1999): The soul of Senegal

10 Jul 2000  |  3 min read

It opens with a hush of Celtic-sounding voices, all that airy, Eirey ambience so familiar from Enya and the like. But then something peculiar happens. That isn't a guitar coming in there, but something more primitive sounding. Something more ... African? Then a penetrating voice slices across the top, a wail from some place more primal and universal. When Senegalese singer... > Read more