Bringing together Transglobal Underground and the legendary belly-dancing multi-lingual singer Natacha Atlas. This will be a genre hopping adventure of a gig, mixing club and live music with a concoction of club grooves, dub, bhangra, rock, digital hardcore and oriental melody stirred in at random. They rely on momentary inspiration and a massive belief in the need to create something new.
It all started back in the 90s with a bunch of disgruntled musicians, singers, DJs, writers and sampler geeks hanging round the cramped offices of West London label Nation Records. Primitive computers were stretched to their full possibilities, beaten up analogue synths kept working by screwdrivers and willpower, mashed up cassettes and turntables. Their ever shifting line-up at first created confusion but it enabled high levels of experimentation and lead to the arrival of Natacha Atlas as chief vocalist, bringing with her a love of Arabic music. Atlas was immediately in her element. Belly dancing round club stages while deftly skipping over piles of MIDI cables in high heels and singing flawlessly in Arabic at the same time, she caused a massive stir. No one had seen or heard anything like her on UK stages before.
As her electronica/oriental mix went platinum across Europe, TGU moved into the background on the production of her music while continuing their own path, but the team continued to collaborate on film projects, oriental dance shows and regular live reunions with either Natacha guesting with TGU or vice versa. To this day they still keep alive a shared vision that crosses every musical boundary they come across, but retains a sound and a vibe totally unique, even after 20 years.
Last seen at Knockengorroch in 2007 we are very excited to bring you the full, original line-up at the World Ceilidh 2018