I honestly thought Natacha Atlas was Middle Eastern - until I heard her speak. The British accent gave her away. However, her mix of Arabic and western sounds certainly builds bridges between worlds of music. During one of the workshops at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival, she took her culture connecting even further by performing a song in French (the other artists on stage with her were from the Francophone world).
Her voice is mesmerizing. Many people were moving to her music, which evoked enchantment. Her next album is forthcoming - it will be worth checking out. ~ Paula E. Kirman