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A genre tag of convenience, covering the music which embraces the traditional roots of Western Asian, Moroccan, Turkish or Egyptian music as the primary focus. All geographical variants are included, Arabic and Jewish.

The Jukebox Pick (of 57):

 Leysh Nat’Arak

 (Natacha Atlas, Hamid Mantu, Count Dubulah, Attiah Ahlan)

 Natacha Atlas

 10 out of 10 “Utterly perfect” Middle Eastern

 From her solo debut album “Diaspora” released in February, 1995. The literal translation of “Leysh Nat' Arak” is “Why Are We Fighting?” It has a universal power. Extending her recent work as the face of Transglobal Underground, Natacha delved deeper than ever before into traditional Arabic music, maintaining a foothold in the 21st century all the while. First and foremost, “Leysh Nat' Arak” is a captivating, exotic and classy potpourri of East meets West, Ancient meets Modern. It's all the better when you read more into it, and understand the core message. As the wiki tells, it was inspired by ethnic and religious conflicts in Israel, Palestine, Iraq, and Yugoslavia. Written in Arabic, the song calls for peace and unity between Jews, Muslims, and Christians in the Middle East. “Why are we fighting when we are all together? Listen to you heart and you will know the truth”. Futile? Maybe. At least she's trying, and that's a great deal more than can be said for the morally bankrupt warmongers... [worth watching is the single edit video, colourful and poignant, the only drawback being it's a considerably shortened version of the original piece.]

Some favourite artists:

Natacha Atlas, Dead Can Dance, Selda Bağcan, Up, Bustle and Out

The Jukebox pick:


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