Natacha Atlas

Genres: Dance Electronic & Ambient Music Videos & Concerts World Music
Decades Active: 1990s 2000s

Biography

20 March 1964, Brussels, Belgium. The daughter of an English mother and a part-Jewish part-Muslim father of Moroccan/Egyptian origins, Atlas spent her early childhood in the Moroccan district of Brussels. When her parents divorced she moved to Northampton, England with her mother and was sent to a boarding school in Sussex. Returning to Northampton at the age of 16, she sang with various local rock bands before giving up music to work in education and theatre for a couple of years. She returned to Brussels, where she worked as a singer and dancer in Arabic and Turkish nightclubs and restaurants and also sang with a salsa band for a short time. Relocating again to Northampton in the late 80s she sang on ‘Timbal’, a club hit for ¡Loca! (a group made up of local friends) before joining the original line-up of Jah Wobble’s Invaders Of The Heart. After contributing her warm Arabic vocals to their Rising Above Bedlam and touring with the band, Atlas...

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