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Natacha Atlas: Acoustic Takes, Arabic Classics

The music of Natacha Atlas is as complex as her personal history.

Her father was Egyptian, her mother British. She lived in a Moroccan neighborhood in Brussels as a child, but then moved to the U.K. And you can hear the influence of her background in her music.

With her recent release Ana Hina, she's recorded her most acoustic and traditional album yet. On the recording, Atlas performs folk songs from across the globe. For example, the first track remakes "Ya Laure Hobouki," popularized by legendary Lebanese singer Fairuz and penned by the successful songwriting team the Rahbani brothers.

"I've heard their stuff since I was a teenager, so I've always wanted to do some of those old songs," she says.

Atlas spoke with Alison Stewart about interpreting songs from the Middle East, Sudan and even Appalachia — and making them her own.

"It isn't a conscious effort to go, 'I'm just going to fuse this all together,'" she says. "It just sort of happens naturally. You just do what you do, 'cause that's what you do."

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