A unique performer who refers to herself as “a human Gaza Strip” due to her multi-ethnic background, Natacha Atlas fuses Arabic and North African music with electronica, dance music and hip hop to create an irresistible hybrid, bound together by her sensuous, passionate voice. Of British and Egyptian origin, she was influenced by the Moroccan music that she heard while growing up, but simultaneously absorbed Western pop. Atlas, who sings in French, Arabic, Spanish and English, has collaborated with Transglobal Underground, Jah Wobble, Sarah Brightman, Sinead O’Connor and many others.
Most recently she has pushed beyond dance rhythms to embrace Arabic classical music and European traditional songs. Expanding on the orchestral scope of her masterful 2008 release Ana Hina, her new Harmonia Mundi CD Mounqaliba, features a 20-piece Turkish ensemble and a chamber orchestra. In whatever setting, the music of Natacha Atlas is a seductive testament to the power of multiculturalism, leaving audiences breathless.
“Her remarkable, melismatic soprano is both sultry and ethereal.” - New York Times
'Atlas' voice — a heavenly gift that trills and reverberates with emotion — makes her stand out, as do her striking looks and belly-dance moves. But it's her theatrical style...that solidifies her image as a diva of the highest order - San Francisco Chronicle