by Lili Kalish

Rhythmic Border Crossings: Natacha & Sapho

Calling herself “a human Gaza Strip,” performer Natacha Atlas captures the essence of her ethnic background and her cultural influences. Raised in a Moroccan suburb of Brussels, child of a Sephardic Jewish father and Muslim mother, Atlas learned Middle Eastern techniques of singing and dancing. She learned to be acutely sensitive to interracial tensions, but today is inspired by the role that a singer of mixed origins can take in bridging differences.

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