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101. Backpacking on the Graves of Our Ancestors
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Since 1991, They have Recorded Five Albums, Singles and Remixes. Here Are the Best Moments Including Classics: 'temple Head', 'i Voyager' and 'taak Zaman'. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars The best
Every CD transglobal underground releases is in my opinion, pure perfection.The idea of mixing traditional music with techno is the most incredible thing I've ever come upon.This CD is everything the others areand more. ... Read more


102. Sahara Elektrik
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103. Fourth World
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5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best in my collection
I was surprised to be the first person to review this album. I would have guessed it was part of the collection of anyone interested in world music. It is certainly one of my favorite CDs. I bought it because I am a big fan of Airto and Flora Purim, but the rest of the band also is outstanding. It combines the great Brazilian sound with almost a surreal feel. A great CD for road trips. ... Read more


104. Below Zero
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5-0 out of 5 stars This CD is among the best of Robert Rich.
This is some of the most profound "Dark" ambient on the scene... If your not into "Dark" this problbly would not be for you.... On the other hand if you like "Dark Ambient" this CD is a classic like Trances and Drones... A must have

3-0 out of 5 stars A dark voyage into the restless side of the unknown
Below zero is a CD which consists of six selections that were previously issued on various compilation CD's with the exception of track 2. Below zero is a departure from Robert's more recent projects. Below zero explores the dark and mysterious side of Robert's music. This CD is reminiscent of Trances/ Drones, however the selections on this CD create an ominous aural soundscape that may be uncomfortable for some. Fans of Dark Ambient music should relish the dark nature of this CD, while Robert's mainstream fans may be alienated by the morose content of this CD. Below Zero is not intended for everyone. It would be prudent to sample this CD before adding this CD to your Robert Rich collection.

5-0 out of 5 stars Call him Master
Excellent 'deep space' from Robert;
not quite as amazing as Inner Landscapes, imo,
but a worthy companion to that album.
If you have Trances/Drones, Numena, Humidity
etc, then you need this one too.
Pranams, Mr. Rich!

5-0 out of 5 stars Dark Masterpiece
A perfect example of the "ambient noir" genre. Beautiful, clean production. Lots of pleasant sameness, a homogenous sound, for a great, darkly ambient, trippy listening experience. If you like this sort of thing, do yourself a favor: buy immediately. It's hard to imagine that dark ambience will ever get any better than this.

5-0 out of 5 stars Ambiently Awesome
Robert Rich is a master of the ambient theme. He is second to none. The only other individual whom might give him competition is Steve Roach(Magnificent Void). Rich has the ability to proceed deeper and darker a la Trances/Drones than any other ambient artist. Period. ... Read more


105. Electric Africa
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5-0 out of 5 stars This is the Man I know since i was a kid,just him, the great
For all fans of music,diversity and saxophone,listen CD, take a trip, discover Cameroon tradition trough this Cd...Excellent job by the greatest....M.D ... Read more


106. Sweet Lullaby [#2]
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1-0 out of 5 stars Atrocity
I'd give this CD zero stars if possible. As an ethnomusicologist who has worked in Africa for a long time, I find the CD badly misrepresentative of the Aka, to say the least, and racist and insulting to be more accurate. It incorporates all the stereotypes of Africa in general and the pygmies in particular, including sampled voices that sound like munchkin voices, not to mention reference to the pygmies as "a race of little men". Though perhaps Deep Forest meant well, their intended global connectedness only proves the extent of their ignorance. I wonder what the Ba'Aka think of this music?

5-0 out of 5 stars cd
this cd is wonderfull, relaxing and great to own...with so many different ways this song is done, its interesting to hear how they come out..besides anybody could listen to it, but some people wouldn't like it.so decide... ... Read more


107. Broken Days
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4-0 out of 5 stars A Delightfully Entertaining CD
Despite the name "Broken Days", most of the
songs on this CD sound delightfully upbeat,
including the title track.Ofra Haza wrote
all the songs and lyrics, except one which
was co-written with a guest vocalist, Izhar
Ashdot. The fresh, entertaining style is mostly
dance/pop/rock, with electric guitar, and electric
bass, a drum beat, and some keyboards presumably
played by Izhar Ashdot. The compositions are solid,
and multiple listenings will continue to satisfy.
The last two compositions diverge from the dance/
pop/rock style of most the others. These two, "Six
in the Evening," and "Sunset" are somber and
beautiful. Don't let the fact that two songs
are the "same" as on the Shaday CD dissuade you
from picking up this Gem. "Play on Me" is "Take
Me to Paradise" on Shaday, and "This Pain of
Mine" is "My Aching Heart" on Shaday. This was
because "Broken Days" was an Israeli release and
Shaday was an international album. In spite of
that, the versions of these excellent songs are
substantially different on each CD so that it is
very worthwhile having both. Besides, all the
songs on "Broken Days" are very good.Ofra
Haza proves here that she is not just a great singer,
but also a very good songwriter. The songs are so
good, it does not matter that the lyrics are not in
English. Pick up this little known Gem while
you still can. ... Read more


108. Prophesy
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Average Customer Review: 4.11 out of 5 stars
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UK edition of the eagerly anticipated followup to the critically acclaimed 1999 album, 'Beyond Skin'. Recorded around the world between November 2000 & February 2001 it features more than 2000 musicians including Natacha Atlas, Cheb Mami, Trilok Gurtu, Terry Callier & many more. 15 tracks including the first single, 'Sunset'. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Excellent
tremendously varied music, beautifully arranged songs and top grade production. Probably Nitin's finest hour, though the mellow jazz fusion of "Migration" remains hard to beat.

5-0 out of 5 stars A very enjoyable score of international music
This CD contains some of the most unique eclectic variations of music from all around the world that I've heard in a long time. The album is a must have for those looking at innovational sounds ranging from India to Brazil, not to mention having the signature Nitin Sawhney feel to them. The songs all have a lot of passion and there's a good balance between electronic and others. All in all, this is a great buy for those into international music with a flair for light electronic.

5-0 out of 5 stars Moody Masterpiece!
One British newspaper described this album by Nitin Sawhney as being "the work of a genius."Amazing praise for any album and after giving it many listens I now begin to concur with this theory.At first I wasn't overly impressed by this album,but given time I think it's one of the most amazing albums I've ever heard.Not only is the music simply astounding but it's quite rare to listen to an album that really gets you thinking about it's core message.It just works on so many levels and it uses so many different types of music as a backdrop to the theme which seems to question the world's complete fixation with technology.He describes technology as the new drug in the world and the prophecies are connected with where our dependence on technology will lead us.

Musically there are so many influences on this album-trance and ambient groups like Enigma,Air and Zero 7 certainly spring to mind on many tracks.Every type of world music you can think of all get mixed in together.It is no surprise to see that this c.d. was recorded in London,Rio,Madrid,Chicago,France,South Africa and Australia-not to mention the Indian influence of Sawhney's own background gives this music a very exotic flavour.The way he manages to connect them together is so amazing.For instance on track 5 Moonrise it starts of with Arabic singing and then goes into a very rhythmic and gentle Latino groove.On other songs there's a hip-hop feel which develops into full on blues.Then there's a track which starts off with Aboriginal music and concludes with the beautiful harmonious voices of a children's choir from Soweto.Some traks have drum and bass mixed with a very Indian sound quite similar to what Talvin Singh does.Some of the ambient tracks have an almost spiritual feel to them like groups such as Enigma may have.Then he also uses guest female vocalists to give the album an lounge feel that remind me of Groove Armada or the first Air album.There is just so much going on here but it never gets to feel too cluttered or messy.The only way to listen to this album is in one go-there are a few stand out tracks but this album works best when listened from start to finish.I would recommend this album to any fans of artists as diverse as Faithless,BT,Paul Oakenfold,Enigma and Talvin Singh to name but a few.It may take a while to get used to-but believe me patience is really well rewarded.

4-0 out of 5 stars Almost there...
I have bought the last 2 CD's and now I have Prophesy to add to my collection. If you have heard his previous stuff then you'll find this quite different. He has taken a new direction and it works well for most of it. Welcome back Natasha - Nitin should record more often with her. The only annoying track is "Street Guru part 1 & 2" - it's a load of bull#@&* by some American in need of therapy.. He claims to be "a low tech guy in a high tech world.." What the hell is he talking about? Nitin would have been better off dubbing over this with his signiture D&B. The Rap song "Ripping out Tears" does nothing for me - it's monotonous. Apart from that all the other tracks range from excellent to fair - its worth getting.

4-0 out of 5 stars The Low Down!
Here we go, what makes a good reviewer you might ask...? Well i personally don't know anything about Nitin Sawhney and this is the first album of his i've heard.! Does this make me a good reviewer? Probably not, but what i do know is music and i've listened to tons of songs in many years.! So, if u're a fan of indian music, go buy this album! If ure not(and this is where you might this review helpful) listen to the following three tracks from this album... 1)Aquired Dreams is a chillin 6:32min indian-arabic esque with drum & bass samples rotating through your mind, you won't be able to take this song off your cd player! 2)Breathing Light is an amazing instrumental with the sweetest most drilling piano intro and strings that make ur hair stand in attention plus the ever so popular d&b style beats and a heartbreaking flute for all the softies out there! 3) Sunset is the best one on this, definetly a crossover to commercial crowds out there.. give it 45 seconds and this woman's voice comes in to blow you away in an r&b style sure to leave you searching for more titles by this artist.! this album will have you chilling out to the best tunes out there! If you're a UK GARAGE fan check out the MJ COLE remix available on the CD Single released a few weeks ago in the UK. bless.!! ... Read more


109. One Blood
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Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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A decade after the release of the first platinum selling album, "Homeland Movement", Australia's Yothu Yindi have come up with a greatest hits package with a difference. 'One Blood', is a 19 track anthology that features new recordings of hits such as 'Treaty", "Djapana (Sunset Dreaming)", "World Turning", "Dot's On The Shells", "Our Land" and "Tribal Voice" in an unparalled INTERNATIONAL cultural exchange.Contributors on the album include Liam O'Maonlai (HOTHOUSE FLOWERS), Jim Kerr (SIMPLE MINDS), Paul Kelly and Neil Finn (CROWDED HOUSE). ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Ancient rhythms, modern voices
I was fortunate enough to find a copy of One Blood last week and have not stopped listening to it. Most important is the message that Yothu Yindi conveys. The common thread of the nineteen songs on this album is a mixture of pride in Yolngu culture and tradition and the longing for the rightful return of the land and fair treatment.

This is a sort of "best of" CD, featuring tracks from Tribal Voice, Freedom, and two other CDs not available in the United States, Birrkuta (Wild Honey) and Homeland Movement. All of the songs were newly recorded in 1998, featuring new material as well as old favourites. This is an amazing CD and is well worth the import price. It is a unique musical journey into the distant past of Australia, of the Yolngu culture that dates back tens of thousands of years, blended with modern rock and harmonies, and is an unforgettable listening experience.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fantastic music!
I first heard Yothu Yindi while on holiday in Australia where they are "Top 40" material. It is really uplifting music which is completely unique. I love them and play this CD all the time. Try it, you will be hooked.

5-0 out of 5 stars This review is great
I wish people would stop being so racist to the aboriginals because there people just like us.If only our society could give them a chance for once and stop being so cruel to them.It is very hurtful when people are mean to them. ... Read more


110. Live 96-Papa Groove
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111. Ofra Haza 1997
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5-0 out of 5 stars Simply AMAZING, this album will astound you!
I have been a faithful Ofra Haza fan from the very beginning, as far back as 1983. This CD, apparently her last full studio album, is an amazing showcase for her soaring voice and had me feeling rather emotional well before the last track.

What's so wonderful is that this album can satisfy those that like basic pop music, and still has a lot of texture to the music, vocals, and style. By integrating Hebrew, English, and even French (as in the track Give Me A Sign), Ofra keeps the music alive and varied. It's accessible to all yet very international and satisfying to those who always loved her music.

For me, the first track Show Me is the most impressive, it literally gave me chills with it's booming background. I'm happy that the traditional flavor of her roots was kept with beautiful string arrangements. At the other end of the CD the track One Day rounds things off with one of the most haunting and beautiful songs you will ever hear.

The pacing is well done, as the tracks range from sweet (One Day, and You) to pop (Give Me A Sign, and the cover of You've Got A Friend), to a little "noisy" and even fun (Im Nin' Alu 2000, and Ahava). There are tracks that just stand alone like My Ethopian Boy, it's a CD you can have fun by letting the "shuffle" mode on your player create a unique atmosphere. These are actually very grand songs that are never too much or plain.

Ofra's passing was indeed a sad day for the world, as her voice and talent were cherished by her fans and her death was just too soon. I have a special place in my heart for her (she was regularly requested on my radio show in St. Louis), and I make sure that friends find out about her music to this day.

This 1997 album is a treasure, and a little-known gem even to those that have thought they bought all her CDs (since it is an import it's not as well-publicized). Do yourself a favor and give this one a try, it will affect you more than you will ever realize!

5-0 out of 5 stars EXCEPTIONAL !
You must to have this Album!,it's one's of Ofra treasures.The lyrics are so good,and her voice,What a Voice! The album come's with english & hebrew written lyrics ,and a lot of pictures of her beauty face.Includes a IM NIN ALU-2000 version. Special songs like SIXTH SENSE(All My Life I Wonder),NO TIME TO HATE,YOU,and GIVE ME A SIGN (In french,english & hebrew)and ONE DAY. All songs was written by her,(except Im nin alu)& Bezalel Aloni.This is a great inspiration album.Now Ofra is not more with us,but we always remember her,and one day we see her again. ... Read more


112. Yearning
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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and relaxing
I Love this CD. Beautiful ambient music. It has the strange quality of making me feel happy, although the music is not precisely joyful. Highly recommended, although it is strange. I think people often buy ambient music expecting something melodic. This CD is pretty much the same most of the time, but that is precisely what I was looking for, it gives you a 1 hour mood of cosmic sensuality. Listen to it first before buying it.

5-0 out of 5 stars A Sublime Journey
We were turned on to this album by our dear friends Wes Mahatt and Sonia Head. Within moments of putting on this beautiful album we were transported to a different and higher level of consciousness where we found the inner depths of our being were on a sublime journey to the outer limits of the third bardo.

2-0 out of 5 stars ???
I don't know if this was a good or bad recording.Actually,I don't have much opinion one way or the other.The whole album sounded like one piece of music stretched out for an hour.I listened to it 4 or 5 times,never got anything out of it,and traded it off.If this is what is called I don't think I'll be spending more time or money on it.

4-0 out of 5 stars all of one
I'm not sure I would rate this as one of the best ambient recordings ever (I don't even think it's one of Rich's best efforts), but the material on it *is* different, engaging, and ideally meditative fare. The concept of the project is perhaps the most interesting part of it: an attempt to extract the slow, introductory part of the raga called the "alap" from its usual role and recast it as a stand-alone kind of ambient or trance music. In this effort Moskow provides a wandering, ethereal, Eno-like kind of play on the sarod over Rich's electronics and multi-instrumental backings. There are six parts to the cd, each of about ten minutes in length, but the division seems superfluous: here is one case where the thirty second samples of cuts one hears on services like Amazon's pretty much tell you the whole of what you can expect from the rest. I sense on this basis that this cd will either take its listener by storm (as it apparently did the other reviewers here), or produce a kind of effect that will lead to a couple of quick plays followed by permanent dust-collecting on the shelf.

5-0 out of 5 stars One of the best "ambient" recordings ever done
This record is easily the best work I've heard from Robert Rich. Its deep, meditative, a seemless soundscape of beauty and imagination.

This record is as good as the other great ambient records of the last 20 years: Ambient 4 On Land (by Brian Eno), The Magnificent Void (Steve Roach), and Ambient 2 (Herald Budd and Brian Eno).

The music of the record is basically sound washes by Robert joined with classical Indian Sarod "solo" music by Lisa Moskow. To my mind it is a wonderful combination. The soundscapes created by Robert need the "natural" sounds of the Sarod to give them life.

Too bad this pair didn't record any more CDs. ... Read more


113. Jungle Book
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114. LSD: Love, Sensuality and Devotion - The Remix Collection
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5-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful.
I'm at a bit of a loss as of what to say so I'll just write the words that come to mind when I listen to it: cool, relaxing, arousing, trance, sexy, dance, beautiful, sorrow, thought, rhythm, grace, holy. I don't know if this will help anyone, but perhaps it will.

5-0 out of 5 stars ~ENIGMA~ Ruler of all Music
What else could I say besides "Enigma is the best in the world?" That would not be an over statement! The CD is awesome. It is loaded with the remixes that you probably haven't heard before. It has techno with awesome new beats and new versions of previous music. This is a must have to add to your Enigma Collection!!! I guarantee it's EXCELLENT! ... Read more


115. Afrijazzy
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5-0 out of 5 stars Explendid
Manu Dibango,has always been the insperational singer after his sensational album "negropolitaine" i dind not expext him to create such an inspiring african jazz. I would say this id an album of a life time like his all albums, he just conquered my heart. In fact i believe that at my age i am the biggest Manu Dibango fan from Mozambique. PS My is English is not that good, not my fisrt language i tried my best ... Read more


116. Negropolitaines Volume 2
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117. Negropolitaines Volume 1
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118. Shirey Moledet, Pt. 3
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4-0 out of 5 stars Title: Queen of Folk Music goes to Ofra with Shirey Moledet
With the release of Ofra Haza's Shirey Moledet series of folksongs, the title of Queen of Israeli folk musical culture was passed to her from her predecessors: Israeli Yemenite singers Hanna Ahroni, and Shoshana Damari. Having released three others in a similar vein, this CD was the last of Ofra's four works that were purely folksongs.

While not quite as good as "Shirey Moledet One", and "Yemenite Songs", this CD is nonetheless very good and will shine brighter with each listening. There are several outstanding songs, including the second and third, and a live duet. There is a balance between fast and slow songs, and all the melodies are very beautiful and pleasing. Ofra's voice on this CD and on all her folksongs is superior to all of the other female Israeli folk singers I know of, those mentioned above as well as fellow Yemenite folk singer Sarah Aviani, and folk singer Shulamit Livnat. These are all very fine vocalists and have made important contributions to the folk music of Israel, but alas there was only one Ofra.

This CD was a fitting tribute for the 40th anniversary of the birth of Israel, and remains a very good example of the folk music traditions of Israel.

4-0 out of 5 stars Strong start, slow finish--Overall excellent job!
Ofra returns to her Israeli roots with this 1987 recording of folksongs. At the helm is fellow Yemenite, Benny Nagari, whose strong percussion-influenced arrangements evoke a similar feel to their prior 1985 collaboration, "Yemenite Songs". The first cut, "A Night in Canaan" starts with Ofra singing a capella accompanied by a few wistful notes on the keyboards, which erupts into a powerfully orchestrated chorus at each interval. A true delight to the senses. Each song truly boasts stunning arrangements and instrumentation with Ofra's voice figuring among the most powerful and sweetly sentimental of all the instruments. The last two songs end the album on a rather mellow tone but still leave you wanting more and more. A fantastic job featuring some incredible musicians: Iki levi on percussion, Benny Nagari on Synthesizers and a rare duet with Yehudit Ravitz on "The Flute". ... Read more


119. Soul Makossa [Single]
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120. Halim
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Average Customer Review: 4.64 out of 5 stars
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On previous solo outings, and in her work with Transglobal Underground and Jah Wobble, the sultry Natacha Atlas has adapted her voice to music from all over the globe. Her heart--and background--is very much in the Middle East, and on Halim she's made her own Middle Eastern record. It's not traditional, by any means, but it's in the tradition: songs of love and spirit. In terms of arrangements there are plenty of concessions to the West, but there's absolutely no doubt where it's all rooted. This is all for the best. Atlas is a world-class singer, but on these songs she can really let herself go, reach back into herself and squeeze out every ounce of emotion. The centerpiece, though, is "Ya Ahli Ehda," recorded in Cairo with an Egyptian orchestra, where you can almost feel the dry heat in your face. It's saying a great deal, but Halim might be the most potent record steeped in the past of the eastern Mediterranean since Ofra Haza's Fifty Gates of Wisdom. It's that good. --Chris Nickson ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Halim- may Natacha sing for 1000 years!
2) "Halim" (1997)-Natacha Atlas. There is no excuse for not buying this CD-it's crucial to any world music collection! Less dub stuff than her first CD more singable tunes and a more polished CD. Nothing short of brilliant. She can cover everything from classical Arabic singing to modern dance/dub tunes-her range is phenomenal. Too bad she hid in the shadow of TransGlobal Underground and Jah Wobble for so long. If you like this, you should try her first CD and, while you're at it-check out TransGlobal Underground as they aren't slouches either. Jaz Coleman (Killing Joke/Victorious City) co-produced a few tracks, as did some of her cronies at TransGlobal Underground. The cronies are Hamid Mantu, Neil Sparkes, Alex Kasiek and Count Dubulah. Of interest, John Reynolds and Justin Adams also produce a couple of songs for Natacha. They are the same chaps who helped produced Abdel Ali Slimani's "Mraya". Also, Adams and Reynolds were part of Jah Wobble's- "Invaders of the Heart" (1991). The first track, "Marifnaash" has a dash of Middle Eastern flavour to an otherwise 'pop hit' with strings, accordion and a familiar Wobble bass line along with the searing voice of Natacha. The next cut, "Moustahil" starts with snake-charmer sound on clarinet with Hammond organ backing and gradually builds into something that the TransGlobal guys hijack. Natasha's 'youyous' signal the segue into her next megahit and dance hall favourite-"Amulet". "Amulet" is the cut that most likely will be aired on FM stations. This track enjoyed amazing success here in the Middle East. Moreover, this CD continually sells out over here in UAE. Back to more traditional stuff with "Leyli". This is one of my favourites and is done in dub style-"Kidda". I think it should have been called-"Leish, Habibi, Leish". Good darbuka beats, some ney flute, funky bass line and guitar and violin along with Natacha pouring her heart out in the lyrics-"Why, my love, why? " The gong brings closure to this lovely hit. Back to the Maghreb on track 6, "Sweeter than Any Sweets" and you could easily think imagine that you are in Morocco with the drummers of Jajouka for this beginning. Initially, Robbie & Sly dub sounds take over! Then it's Count Dubulah on bass, Cairo stings and oud that follow the melody line as well as Natacha's powerful voice. Don't be fooled by the Sergio Leone beginning to this next one as it is not music for spaghetti westerns. Strangely enough, "Ya Weledi" has a Cheb Hasni feel to it especially the keyboard work and solo part-way through the track. On tracks 8 and 9, I was wondering why this tune was vaguely familiar-it has Jaz Coleman's signature all over it. Check out the "Victorious City" that he co-produced with Anne Dudley and Killing Joke's "Brighter than a 100 Suns". These two songs are quieter than the earlier stuff and Coleman lets Natacha's voice be the commanding instrument. Track 10, "Gafsa" is a powerful, acoustic piece with Natasha's voice, a Spanish guitar, cello and strings. On "Ya Albi Ehda" we go back to classical music style and back to the studio in Egypt. Essam Rashad and his orchestra accompany Atlas on this offering.

2-0 out of 5 stars Simply not a good Middle Eastern CD.
I'm a fan of both contemporary and traditional Middle Eastern music, and have found this CD to be disappointing on both fronts. It feels muddled and lacks soul. The "folkloric" passages sound forced, and Natacha Atlas' voice can be downright irritating. If you're looking for good Middle Eastern music, this disc is not for you.

5-0 out of 5 stars The Voice Of A Godess
Natacha Atlas is born in Belgium on the 20th March 1964 of an English mother and a Jew Egyptian father. She lived during 8 years in the Moroccan suburbs of Brussels where she is immersed in an Arabian and Muslim culture. In 1972, her mother, divorced, took Natacha with her in England... When she is 16 years old, she involved herself in several musical projects and divided her time between England and Belgium. She worked in Arabian and Turkish night clubs as a singer and belly dancer (raq sharki)... She spent a brief stint in a Belgian salsa band called Mandanga. As she shuttled between Northampton and Brussels, however, she began to attract the attention of the Balearic beat crew ¡Loca!, and Jah Wobble, then assembling his Invaders of the heart. In 1991, both these projects bore fruit. Timbal by ¡Loca! started out as a track on Nation Records'Fuse two compilation and became a massive club hit, while Jah Wobble's Rising above Bedlam - five tracks of which Natacha co-wrote - attracted much critical acclaim and a Mercury Awards nomination. The success of Timbal cemented Natacha's relationship with the ground-breaking Nation Records label - label created in order to merge occidental dance music and Indian, Arabic and African musical styles - who introduced her to Transglobal Underground (it is rather a multi-cultural musicians collective that militates in favour of a mixing of all kinds of music than a simple musical group). At that time the group was enjoying Top 40 success with the anthemic Temple head. As chief collaborator, lead singer and belly dancer with Transglobal Underground, Natacha has performed all over the world - playing at Glastonbury, WOMAD, Reading, Phoenix and The Brixton Academy and many international festivals. During the same period, she collaborated with several other musicians, including Apache Indian and Peter Gabriel, and she found enough time to take part in some film soundtracks, for example Stargate, with David Arnold. From 1995, she launched out with the help of Transglobal Underground into a solo career that delights everybody. First success with Diaspora in 1995, converted try in 1997 with Halim, album dedicated to the Egyptian singer Abdel Halim Hafez, uncontested star in the Middle East and whose songs are well known as far as in the Maghreb... In 1999, she dispatches the last recalcitrant people to her charm with Gedida a new great album alike the previous ones and starts a European tour... Natacha's main objective is to conquer the country of which she is fond, source of all her inspirations, her ancestors land: Egypt (Bilaadi)... After several live shows in France, Natacha settled in Cairo in order to win the hearts of Oriental people... She contributed to Jean-Michel Jarre new album (Metamorphoses) with the song C'est la vie. She was present at the great concert in front of the pyramids of Giza on the 31st December 1999. At present Natacha has no plans to do any live shows. She's been doing some TV with Jean-Michel Jarre but otherwise she's staying in Cairo and working on ideas for a new album, which she's hoping to start recording in a month or two.

Laybkig

5-0 out of 5 stars Love. The sounds from ones heart. Divinity!
Natacha has a beautiful voice. Her every word rings a bell that can be felt in the deepest sea. Words simply cannot express the divinity that is Natacha Atlas's voice. A precious jewel amongst the sand.

5-0 out of 5 stars excellent!
I bought Diaspora some years ago, but have always had trouble listening to it in one go. With this fantastic CD I don't have that problem at all. In fact, I could easily push the repeat button to play it again. A strong ethnic CD, but at the same time very friendly to western ears that hear Arabic music for the first time. ... Read more


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