Mounqaliba, In a State of Reversal (Six Degrees 657036 1170 2 0, 2010)
Natacha Atlas has given us memorable world music recordings, ranging from trendy electronic dance-oriented pieces to Cairo-style bellydance pieces. She’s back in 2010 with the equally exquisite Mounqaliba. This time, Natacha Atlas has recorded an intimate album which reveals many of her influences: Arabic classical and pop music, world beat, jazz and French chanson.
On Mounqaliba, Atlas’ exceptional voice is joined by the sounds of the piano, which takes a leading role in this occasion and the soaring ney. Strings are also widely present throughout the album. Guests include pianist Zoe Rahman, the 20-piece Turkish ensemble (The Kemper String Orchestra of Istanbul) and a chamber orchestra integrating western and Arabic styles. London-based Egyptian musician Samy Bishai produced the album. Bishai is well known as a violinist although he also plays piano and various other instruments.
Most of the songs are penned by Natacha Atlas and Samy Bichai and, as in previous recordings, Natacha sings in various languages. On this occasion she sings in Arabic, English and French.
Mounqaliba is a superb Arabic-scented introspective album by one of the most excellent voices in the world music scene.
Buy Natacha Atlas’ recordings:
- In North America: Mounqaliba. Other recordings available: Ana Hina, Best of, Something Dangerous, Gedida, Mish Maoul, Foretold in the Language of Dreams
- In Europe: Mounqaliba. Other recordings available: The Best of Natacha Atlas, Ana Hina, Ayeshteni, Mishmaoul, Halim, Gedida, Foretold in the Language of Dreams, Something Dangerous, Diaspora
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.