World music of the week: Natacha Atlas, Elgar Room, Royal Albert Hall, London SW7


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The autumnal arrival of the Nour Festival, trailing contemporary culture from the Middle East and North Africa in Kensington and Chelsea, opens its music programme with a special performance from the former singer and dancer with Transglobal Underground.

Natacha Atlas has built an illustrious solo career melding eastern and western music – most recently for Angelin Preljocaj's latest ballet, Les Nuits.

She leads a seven-piece band in the Elgar Room through a set which is almost certain to contain some of the Rahbani Brothers' great songs from Lebanon, and from her album perfumed by early 20th-century Arabic song, Ana Hina.

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