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Halim
     

Halim

by Natacha Atlas
 

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Atlas' second solo record -- for some strange reason never released in America, where the first and third were -- continues in her vein of excellent Arabic singing combined with a wide variety of musical traditions, modern and ancient. Working with four distinct cowriting/production groups this time around, including her collaborators in Transglobal Underground in one

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Atlas' second solo record -- for some strange reason never released in America, where the first and third were -- continues in her vein of excellent Arabic singing combined with a wide variety of musical traditions, modern and ancient. Working with four distinct cowriting/production groups this time around, including her collaborators in Transglobal Underground in one group and, in another, Killing Joke mainman Jaz Coleman (pursuing his other interest in orchestrations), Atlas again creates an intoxicating series of love songs, all sung in Arabic but with lyrical snippets printed in English. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most technological and dancefloor-friendly numbers are done with the Transglobal crowd, who work on about half the album's tracks. "Moustahil" and "Amulet" both feature shuffling dance beats and loops along with a number of performers on such instruments as oud and dharabuka, plus energetic backing vocals from duo Sawt El Atlas. Coleman's tracks, "Enogoom Wil Amar" and "Andeel," equally deserve notice for Atlas' vocals and his own striking, lush arrangements, while her collaboration with Egyptian musician/orchestra leader Essam Rashad, "Ya Albi Ehda," is a beauty in the vein of older Arabic popular music. No matter who's working with her performing what, though, it's Atlas' show all the way, her singing shimmering out with all the beauty one could ever want in a vocalist.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/21/1998
Label:
Koch Records
UPC:
0099923798125
catalogNumber:
7981

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Performance Credits

Natacha Atlas   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jaz Coleman   Keyboards
Caroline Dale   Cello
Carol Isaacs   Accordion
John Reynolds   Bass,Keyboards,Moog Bass
Simon Walker   Violin,Viola
Larry Whelan   Keyboards,Tenor Saxophone,Ney
Abdel Al Aboud   Violin
Count Dubulah   Bass,Guitar
Alex Kasiek   Saz,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Hamid Mantu   Dulcimer,Drums
Sawt el Atlas   Vocals,Background Vocals
Justin Adams   Guitar
Keith Clouston   Oud

Technical Credits

Natacha Atlas   Composer,Producer
Suzanne Bramson   String Transcription
Jaz Coleman   Arranger,Producer
Caroline Dale   String Arrangements
John Reynolds   Producer
Arabella Rodriguez   Engineer
Essam Rashad   Arranger,Producer
Larry Whelan   String Arrangements,String Transcription
Nick Walker   Programming
Alison Fielding   Art Direction
Count Dubulah   Composer,Programming,String Arrangements
Alex Kasiek   Composer,Programming,Producer,String Arrangements
Hamid Mantu   Composer,Programming
Dave White   Engineer
Zakaria   Engineer

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