My favourite concert of 2010: Egyptian singer Amal Maher in Amsterdam

Amal Maher, the young diva from Cairo in Amsterdam on the 1st of June 2010. For me it was the concert of the year in The Netherlands. What a priceless present she gave to Holland with her marvellous singing ! I’m glad I filmed this in the Oosterpark ! đŸ™‚


Natacha Atlas releases new album ‘Mounqaliba’ in September 2010

Natacha Atlas is a great singer. I remember her solo debut album ‘Diaspora’ was one of my favourites in 1994. Through the years she made a lot of other great albums and now there’s a new one on its way, to be released in September.
I look forward to the release of Mounqaliba, where – as is explained in the video below – she explores links between Western classical music and Arabic classical music, ‘blending Middle Eastern, African and European sounds. Mounqaliba features new songs written in classical Arabic by Atlas and collaborator Samy Bishai, who learned violin from Russians and Armenians in Egypt. Atlas’ multicultural background – half Moroccan/Egyptian/Palestinian and half British and largely raised in Belgium – plays out in her genre-bending music, with its appreciation of Western electronic music and pop alongside a thorough grounding in Arabic musical traditions. For the new record, Altas had ambitious intentions: “What I hope I have achieved is to match the lyricism of classical music with the inherent poetry of Arabic… To create a melange of ideas and examined opposites.” Mounqaliba will release 21 September via Six Degrees Records.’ (quoted text from: )

Natacha Atlas explains about the upcoming release of Mounqaliba

One of Natacha Atlas’ lovely dance hits, Mon Amie La Rose


Wereldmineralen July 12th, 2008 : musical flavours from Africa, the Middle East & Far East

My next edition of Wereldmineralen, the sparkling saturday morning non-stop world music-hour of music-radiostation De Concertzender, on July 12th, 2008, will  be -as usual- broadcasted on Radio 6 and via internet and can -as always- be listened to afterwards via ‘on demand’. This edition features four recent world music releases with sounds from Africa, the Middle East, Iran, India and the United States.

Seun Kuti
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