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This was my third Natacha Atlas concert. The very first gig, where I had the chance to see her performance, was at Babylon, then Ghetto. This time she was in CRR Concert Hall. In my opinion, her style matches the previous venues better but the orchestra at the CRR was glamorous. Anything you look for: At the piano ( Alcyona Mick), At Drums ( Vasilis Sarikis),At Darbuka ( Bünyamin Olguncan), At Accoustic Bass ( Andy Hamill), At Cello ( Ivan Husse), At Violin ( Samy Bish) and At Ney/Bağlama/Kaval ( Erkan Tekçi). As you can see there are two of us in the band: Erkan & Bünyamin. She adds that she loves working with good musicians, making a goodwill gesture.
Natacha preferred a relatively conservative stage dress compared to her previous concerts here. I am accustomed to see her with a leopard patterned low-cut dress! This time she has a glittered blouse with red floral skirt. Not to forget the Shakira belt :)
She has a very fun band! Especially I loved the “so called orchestra chef” who is half Brit half Egyptian like Natacha, the violinist. He is very cheerful! At one moment the drummer and the percussionist had a call-and-response duet. It was like a debate of East and West. The acoustic bassist plays the harmonica too, he played the happy birthday song, surprising their friend at the lighting-control.
The concert was mainly based on Classical Arabic Music. Including many of Fairuz but lacking Abdel Halim Hafez, but I pardoned them :P. Natacha says she is where the east and the west meet, I can confirm that. They blend the music in a very unpredictable way! Such an harmony that you do not find odd Natacha belly dancing with the piano and the violin accompanying her! I have to mention she has a very unique belly-dancing style..
And surprise! Natacha made a duet with Erkan (playing the ney and bağlama), singing a folk song called: Sılaya Doğru. Erkan’s voice is incredible! A man of many talents! His voice tune shelters the whole sorrow and yearning of Anatolia’s songs. What a beautiful voice!
Natacha sang in English, Turkish, French and Arabic during the concert. The Arabic songs sometimes with Egyptian accent and sometimes with Lebanese. Of course when covering Fairuz’s songs, switching to Lebanese accent is a must! An Oum Khaltoum would be nice as well but skipped too. Never mind!
After the concert, Natacha arrived to give autographs with a glass of Rakı in her hand. She is that kind of a woman, I love her! Beny w benak eih!