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Natacha Atlas's new album "Mounqaliba", follows in the same vein as her previous CD "Ana Hina", blending traditional Middle Eastern songwriting with a sweeping, orchestral grandeur inspired by western classical music. Here, her gentle, airily nuanced, minutely ornamented, Fairuz - inspired vocals vividly span the range of human emotions from longing to hope to despair.
Soumaya Baalbaki's come back with a magnificent line-up of musicians performing the songs of Abdel Wahab, Asmahan, Abdel Halim, and Leyla Mourad in a Tango format with an Argentinean Neo-Tango re-arrangement. Expressive, powerful and passionate.
Photos by Hanibaael Naim