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The formation and success of The Touré-Raichel Collective, the band led by Israeli keyboardist and songwriter Idan Raichel and Malian guitarist Vieux Farka Touré—icons in their own countries and abroad—is a reminder of the unique power of music to bridge geographic, ethnic, political and religious differences. 

 

Although a collaboration between an Israeli Jew and a Malian Muslim has unavoidable political implications, what inspired Touré and Raichel to work together was not the potential to make a statement; they simply connected as artists and friends seeking to find musical common ground.

 

They met for the first time by chance, in 2008 at the Berlin airport, where they expressed mutual admiration and a desire to get together and play. Touré’s father, the late great Ali Farka Touré, was one of Raichel’s musical heroes and inspirations. Raichel invited Touré to Israel, where they assembled a few musicians and convened an unscripted, improvised jam session. The chemistry between Touré and Raichel was instant and profound. They assumed the name The Touré-Raichel Collective and used the material from that first gathering as the basis for an album, The Tel Aviv Session, which found poignant, musically beautiful common ground between the artists’ cultures.

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The Paris Session EPK
"Le Niger" Live at City Winery
"Hawa" Live at City Winery
Live at WOMEX 2012

The Touré-Raichel Collective perform live at WOMEX 2012 in Thessaloniki, Greece

Live on WNYC Soundcheck
Live on 91.5 WBEZ 'Eight Forty-Eight'
Behind The Scenes: The Story of The Touré-Raichel Collective

Idan Raichel and Vieux Farka Touré share some of the behind-the-scene details that led to the eventual recording of The Tel Aviv Session and the formation of The Touré-Raichel Collective.

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