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Natalie Cole and Anoushka Shankar may be the daughters of well-known musicians, but they also have something else in common: they are stars in their own right, and will be showcasing those talents at the upcoming Abu Dhabi Festival, running from March 11-April 6.

Cole (far right), the daughter of jazz legend Nat King Cole, has ridden the ups and downs of fame but maintained her success thanks to her voice, showcased on the song Unforgettable, dedicated to her father. Most recently she appears on Tony Bennet's Duets II album. Cole will take the stage on April 4.

Having learned the sitar from the world music legend, her father Ravi Shankar, Shankar (inset) is now one of the most respected players of the Indian instrument.

Her famous family goes beyond her father -- her sister is jazz songstress Norah Jones -- and she often finds herself spread around the world between them and her own family with husband, Oscar-winning director Joe Wright.

Thus it's no surprise her latest album, from which she will be performing tracks, is called Traveller. Both musicians will perform as part of the main programme. Shankar will perform on March 19.

Also joining Shankar and Cole in the main programme is Lebanese pop singer Fadel Shaker, performing a tribute to Arabic music legends from Umm Kulthum and Najat to Sabah and Farid Al Attrash. Shaker will perform on April 6.

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Date:Jan 18, 2012
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