In 2003, an unusual song began airing on Israeli’s popular radio stations. With its haunting chorus in the Ethiopian language of Amharic and an exotic, global fusion sound “Bo’ee” became an instant crossover hit that catapulted The Idan Raichel Project to the top of Israel pop charts and turned a young dreadlocked keyboardist and producer into a household name in his native land. Soon, The Idan Raichel Project would become known around the world for its ambitious cross-cultural collaborations that changed the face of Israeli popular music and offered “a fascinating window into the young, tolerant, multi-ethnic Israel taking shape away from the headlines” (Boston Globe). Since the release of their first international album on Cumbancha in the fall 2006 The Idan Raichel Project have become global ambassadors representing a hopeful world in which artistic collaboration breaks down barriers between people of different backgrounds and beliefs.
In new song "We Are Here," Keys calls on artists to build bridges and promote peace
Raichel’s newest collaboration with Malian Muslim artist Vieux Farka Touré, The Paris Session, out tomorrow, September 30
Video of Keys’ "We Are Here," feat. Raichel and Amr as part of the Global Citizen Festival, Live on NBC: http://youtu.be/ThUT9FHQvhc
Israeli pianist, singer and composer Idan Raichel, along with Palestinian singer and qanun player Ali Amr, came to New York over the weekend to perform with Alicia Keys, Saturday, September 27, in Central Park as part of the Global Citizen Festival. The event featured artists including Jay Z, Beyoncé, Sting, No Doubt and Carrie Underwood, and appearances by numerous global dignitaries and world leaders. For an audience of 60,000, Keys, Raichel and Amr performed “We Are Here,” a new song Keys wrote to unite her audience in a global effort for peace, and to encourage young people to play an active role in making the world a better place. Raichel has crossed boundaries throughout his career, collaborating with artists of different cultural backgrounds, religions and national origins, including Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré in the Touré Raichel Collective, whose new album, The Paris, Session is released by Cumbancha tomorrow (Tuesday, Sept. 30)....read more
New Video from The Idan Raichel Project
Watch the New Video from The Idan Raichel Project featuring countertenor Andreas Scholl.
VIDEO PREMIERE: The Idan Raichel Project
Featuring Vieux Farka Toure
Free song download available until June 4
To celebrate the upcoming international release of The Idan Raichel Project's new album Quarter to Six, we are offering a FREE DOWNLOAD and new video of the song "Mon Amour" featuring Vieux Farka Touré from Mali. The free download of "Mon Amour" is available until June 4th, the day the album will be released.
We hope you enjoy the song and the video and will tell all of your friends that the new album is coming soon. Please pre-order The Idan Raichel Project's new album at the Cumbancha store or at iTunes now.
The Idan Raichel Project, one of the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed music groups from Israel, will be presenting four concerts at the picturesque Caesarea Amphitheater on June 11, 12, 13, and 15th. Located amidst the ruins of the ancient Roman city of Caesarea, north of Tel Aviv, Israel, the Caesarea Amphitheater dates back to the era of King Herod who ruled from the years 37-4 BCE. The current capacity of the venue is 3800 people, and with the concerts now sold-out in advance, The Idan Raichel Project will perform to over 15,000 people during the course of week. The concerts offer a rare opportunity to experience a performance by one of Israel's leading musical groups and cultural ambassadors in a unique and magical setting....read more
The Idan Raichel Project is returning to North America after selling out 2 shows at Town Hall in New York City this January. Starting February 12, the 7-musician lineup of The Idan Raichel Project Acoustic Tour will be on tour in Canada and the US. The Idan Raichel Project will be showcasing their biggest hit songs alongside new material from their upcoming album which will be released in June 2013 on Cumbancha....read more
The Idan Raichel Project’s latest album, Quarter to Six, features guest appearances by Portuguese fado star Ana Moura, Palestinian-Israeli singer Mira Awad, German counter-tenor Andreas Scholl, Colombia’s Marta Gómez, Vieux Farka Touré and a selection of some of Israel’s top up-and-coming singers and musicians.
While headlines are dominated by news of conflict and war in the Middle East, this Israeli musical collaborative has achieved success by looking beyond intercultural differences and celebrating the value of diversity. With its blend of traditional Ethiopian folk music, Arabic poetry, Yemenite chants, Biblical psalms and Caribbean rhythms, The Idan Raichel Project has taken the world by storm with its enchanting and inspiring sound.
With the second international release, Within My Walls, The Idan Raichel Project created a multigenerational following throughout the world, and has given a reason to differentiate their sound from anything else. Numerous special appearances include Mayra Andrade, Marta Gómez, Somi, and others.