Sunday 11 September 2022


Gnawa Festival

October 2019 marks the release of Strange Days, the brand new body of work from Egyptian-British artist Natacha Atlas. Heralded as one of the world’s most distinctive voices, Natacha Atlas is known internationally for her exceptional blend of Western and Arabic vocal traditions. Her 2015 album Myriad Road, produced by the legendary French-Lebanese jazz musician Ibrahim Maalouf, won critical acclaim and widespread praise for its subtle and intimate approach. Now on Strange Days, Natacha Atlas further develops this new direction and brings everything up a level, incorporating her unique vocal style with vibrant instrumentation, adding further complexity and a refined discipline to her new music.

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  • 19:30
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Having worked alongside revered artists as diverse as Peter Gabriel, Nitin Sawhney, Nigel Kennedy, Belinda Carlisle and Jean-Michel Jarre to name just a few, Natacha Atlas has gained a wealth of experience in collaborations, that have enhanced the art that both she and her fellow musicians continue to create. Most recently, Natacha has been working with the likes of Omar Sosa and Paolo Fresu, whilst co-composing (with frequent collaborator Samy Bishai) the score for Herve Koubi’s 2019 contemporary dance creation ‘Odyssey’. The forthcoming single Words Of A King features the multi-platinum selling vocalist Joss Stone – yet another glowing endorsement and testament to the multi-faceted nature of Atlas’ work.

The gifts and ability of Natacha Atlas as an artist have led to a range of honors, including a ‘Victoire’ Award delivered by the French Ministry Of Culture to recognize outstanding achievement in the music industry and a BBC World Music Award endorsing the best global music artists of the year. Her vocals have also appeared on the scores and soundtracks of numerous Hollywood blockbusters, incl. Sex & the City 2, The Hulk, Kingdom of Heaven, Brick Lane and Sahara.

Strange Days will be released on Whirlwind Recordings, an adventurous and visceral label run by fellow musician and celebrated bass player Michael Janisch. This new project demonstrates their keen eye for identifying innate talent and enhances their quest to release material that is bursting with power and quality.

Already being hailed within the industry as a game changer in its pioneering marriage of jazz and the mystique of Arabic vocals, Strange Days is a darkly dystopian Arabic- infused jazz fantasy, the album evokes and emotes in equal measure, presenting one of the world’s most distinguished vocalists at her captivating finest.

PAARD50 // 21 – 30 October
PAARD celebrates it’s 50th birthday in 2022 and we will honor that with a spectacular party week in October: PAARD50. From October 21, till October 30 during PAARD50 we will celebrate PAARD of the past, PAARD of the future and especially PAARD NOW.

More acts, program and information will follow!