Leysh Nat' Arak

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"Leysh Nat' Arak"
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Single by Natacha Atlas
from the album Diaspora
B-side "Duden"
Released 1995
Format CD, 12-inch
Genre Electronica, World Music
Length 6:07
Label Nation
Songwriter(s) Natacha Atlas, Count Dubulah, Hamid ManTu, Attiah Ahlan
Producer(s) Transglobal Underground
Natacha Atlas singles chronology
"Dub Yalil"
(1994)
"Leysh Nat' Arak"
(1995)
"Duden"
(1995)
"Dub Yalil"
(1994)
"Leysh Nat' Arak"
(1995)
"Duden"
(1995)
Audio sample

"Leysh Nat' Arak" (English: "Why Are We Fighting") is a world music song performed by Belgian singer Natacha Atlas. The song was written by Atlas, Count Dubulah, Hamid ManTu and Attiah Ahlan and produced by Transglobal Underground for the Atlas' debut album Diaspora (1995). It was released as a single in 1995.[1] The song was re-recorded and included on the 2005 compilation, The Best of Natacha Atlas.

Background and meaning[edit]

"Leysh Nat' Arak" was inspired by ethnic and religious conflicts in Israel, Palestine, Iraq, and Yugoslavia. Written in Arabic, the song calls for peace and unity between Jews, Muslims, and Christians in the Middle East.[2] Furthermore, it addresses Atlas' yearning to understand how and why her family emigrated from the Middle East to Belgium.[3]

Formats and track listings[edit]

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Leysh Nat' Arak".

CD single
(NAT40CD; Released 1995)

  1. "Leysh Nat' Arak" (Radio edit) – 4:11
  2. "Leysh Nat' Arak" (Nueba mix) – 7:08
  3. "Leysh Nat' Arak" (FDM mix) – 6:50
  4. "Duden" – 6:38

12-inch single
(NR40T; Released 1995)

  1. "Leysh Nat' Arak" (Radio edit) – 4:11
  2. "Leysh Nat' Arak" (Nueba mix) – 7:08
  3. "Leysh Nat' Arak" (FDM mix) – 6:50
  4. "Leysh Nat' Arak" (Amenophis mix) – 6:38

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to "Leysh Nat' Arak":[4]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Pride, Dominic. "U.K.'s Nation of 'Ethno-Techno'". Billboard. 28 October 1995. Pp. 52.
  2. ^ Swedenburg, Global Noise: Rap and Hip-Hop Outside the USA, pp. 65.
  3. ^ Swedenburg, pp. 66.
  4. ^ Diaspora (CD liner notes). Nation Records. March 1995.

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