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Album Review

The Idan Raichel Project already have a pair of albums available in Israel, but this is their worldwide debut. Here, there's something of a compilation from the two previous albums. An interesting collective of musicians (up to 70) is represented on the album, taken in surprising proportions from the Ethiopian Jew population based on the airlifts to Israel (Operation Moses, Operation Solomon, etc.) over the years. Other musicians hail from other Israeli populations, nearby nations, and a couple of South Africans for good measure. With this in mind, Raichel himself puts together pieces drawn from traditional works in the lands of origin for these artists. Songs are written in Hebrew and Ethiopian primarily, but also Arabic and Zulu. The pieces run the course from laid-back dancehall ("Brong Faya," with vocals from Surinam's Sergio Braams) to ultra-smooth exotica on "Azini" (with vocals from Arab-Israeli Mira Anwar Awad) to a sort of solo acoustic isicathamiya (with vocals from Bongani Xulu). This is apart from the Hebrew and Ethiopian love songs and more. The album is almost overly eclectic, but the departure from the usual Israeli pop is refreshing. There's plenty to come still from this project, and the results thus far are certainly worth hearing for listeners within the world music scene and likewise those on the outside.

Customer Reviews

One of Israel's Finest

INCREDIBLE!!! These breathtaking melodies and beautiful poetic lyrics combine in a powerfully artistic way to fuse together Israeli and Ethiopian Jewish culture, producing an utterly unique sound, which is so uplifting, soothing, fun, sad, …in short – beautiful, that you won’t want to turn it off. Idan Raechel is a truly visionary artist who has made a priceless contribution both to music and to the treasure trove of Israeli art and culture.

The Idan Raichel Project

This cd is extreme versitile and has excellent range. Compulation of ancient tradition and his contempory style. This cd contains many multicultural collaborations of the top musicians from around the world.

A fiercely powerful collaboration

Idan Raichel Project has wrought some of the most amazing music I have ever heard. The musicians that form this collaboration are phenomenal. Either one of their two albums (selections of which you find here) are excellent from the first song to the last and over many, many repeated playings. These are song-scapes, beautifully and soulfully crafted.


Genre: World

Led by Israeli keyboardist/producer Idan Raichel, the Idan Raichel Project seeks to give voice to the amazingly diverse blend of world cultures that comprise Israel's colorful musical landscape. After time spent with the army rock band in which he cut his teeth, touring and performing for troops all over the nation, Idan took work at a boarding school for immigrant youth. Exposed for the first time to Israel's growing populations of Ethiopian Jews through his students, Idan began to fall in love...
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