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Voyage into a land of dreams,
This review is from: Ana Hina - Natacha Atlas (Audio CD)
I do not speak Arabic, Perhaps I should. Because I do think that in today's multicultural world one should make an effort to familiarize oneself with the cultural accomplishments of our fellow citizens in the global village. That is why I appreciate Ms Atlas; she's an intriguing figure : a child of our time and space,a Eurab one could say, unashamedly picking from the various musical heritages she's been exposed too. Strangely she is now being accused of not being "spirited" enough.
As far as I'm concerned this is a lovely piece of work. Spirit of adventure, poetry and a dreamlike other worldliness is what this CD is about. Yes, this is a more classical musician type project, but what is wrong with that?.
From the very first notes from Harvey Brough's piano and the Mazeeka string section in Ya Laure Hobouki you are waltzed away in a wonderland of warmth and lusciousness.
The tango flavoured Beny Ou Benak Eih follows and one can imagine oneself in the Cairo of King Farouk. A breathy version of Black is the Colour inspired by Nina Simone is another highlight. To be honest, there is just not a bad track on this CD.
Throughout the liner notes reference is made to the Lebanese singer Fairuz. I do not know her work. Perhaps I should acquaint myself with it!
I'm going to play this a lot more over the next weeks. Moreover, I hope Natacha Atlas will continue on this path.
Five stars, definitely!