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The Idan Raichel Project
Idan Raichel Project
The Idan Raichel Project
Genres: Dance & Electronic, International Music, Pop
 
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The Idan Raichel Project is the brainchild of Israeli keyboardist, composer, producer, and arranger Idan Raichel, who invited over 70 different musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds to participate in the recordin...  more »

     
   
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All Artists: Idan Raichel Project
Title: The Idan Raichel Project
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 1
Label: Cumbancha
Original Release Date: 1/1/2006
Re-Release Date: 11/7/2006
Genres: Dance & Electronic, International Music, Pop
Styles: Middle East, Israel
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 890846001022

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The Idan Raichel Project is the brainchild of Israeli keyboardist, composer, producer, and arranger Idan Raichel, who invited over 70 different musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds to participate in the recordings. In particular, Raichel has long been fascinated by the music of Israel's growing population of Ethiopian Jews, and many songs feature members of Israel's Ethiopian community. The recordings also include Arab musicians, traditional Yemenite vocalists, a toaster and percussionist from Suriname and a South African singer, among others.

The Project released its first album in Israel in 2002 and quickly became one of the biggest success stories in the history of Israeli popular music. The haunting Ethiopian chorus of the first single, "Bo'ee" (Come With Me), sounded completely unlike anything most Israeli's had heard before. The groundswell of interest propelled the album to heights rarely seen in the local music scene and firmly established Idan Raichel as a new type of Israeli pop star. Now a musical icon in the Israeli community worldwide, The Idan Raichel Project has performed to sell-out crowds in prestigious venues in Paris, Brussels, New York, Los Angeles, Singapore and beyond.

The international release of The Idan Raichel Project's recordings on the new record label Cumbancha promises to introduce a wide new audience to the electrifying work of this unique musical collective. The Project offers a new vision for how Israelis, their neighbors in this volatile region, and people all over the world, can cherish their individual cultural traditions, celebrate their differences and through respectful collaboration create new and inspiring expressions. "Our ability to live in peace with one other depends on our learning to appreciate and respect each other's differences," notes Idan. "The way forward is not by trying to change your neighbor, but by accepting him and recognizing that we are all looking for the same things in life: bread, water, spirit, respect and love."

Deluxe international version is enhanced with three music videos and other special features.

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Idan Raichel
Rebecca Johnson | Washington State | 11/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

""From the depths I called out to you
Come to me
Upon your return, the light will return to my eyes
I'm not finished, I'm not leaving the touch of your hands
May it come and light up to the sound of your laughter

From the depths I called out to you
Come to me
Against the moon that lights your way back to me
They spread out and melted against the touch of your hands"

~Idan Raichel

Idan Raichel combines ancient traditions with modern technology to create enchanting rhythms that take off in the second track and melt with a warmth that is soothing and harmonious in beauty. At this point you almost fall into the music and let it take your soul on a journey throughout an emotionally satisfying album with lyrics in Hebrew, Arabic and Amharic

The musical influences range from Israel to the Caribbean. "Hinach Yafah" is a little hypnotizing. "Suvi El Beyti" has a surprising start with interesting echoes that add a very intriguing dimension with a powerful undercurrent of percussion. "Im Telech" is filled with longing and "Be Yom Shabbat" has spiritual beauty.

Of all the songs, I feel in love with the sound of "Mi'Ma'amakim." When you look up the poetic lyrics the song has even more beautiful meanings. I can't wait for more albums by Idan Raichel.

~The Rebecca Review
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From the Depths He Called Hope...Hope for Love, Hope for Pea
Book Lover | United States of America | 12/03/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

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Welcome to a new era in music. REAL music.

In a time when Israel is defined by the world as a center of political turmoil, a talented, dreadlocked Sabra from Kfar Saba, Israel, uses his genius and passion for music to bring peace and understanding between many cultures. Surrounded by the Melting Pot of cultures that truly define Israel, Raichel has merged these different cultures into a Melting Pot of various musical styles. Thus, _Ha Proyket shel Idan Raichel_ (The Project of Idan Raichel) is born. Fusing together Yemenite, Moroccan, Ethiopian, Indian, and Arabic folk music with reggae and ambient, Raichel has created a new genre filled with so much energy, spirituality, and passion. Labeled "Israeli-Ethiopian Fusion," this new and increasingly popular genre has led Raichel's first two albums to reach multi-platinum.

Released in 2002, the Project's self-titled debut album immediately reached number one bestseller in Israel and still remains number one to this date on Israel-music[dot]com, while his second 2005 release, Mima'makim (From the Depths), remains the second bestseller on the same website. Raichel has had several number ones in Israel including "Mima'makim" and "Milim Yafot Me'ele." The Project has appeared at WOMAD in Singapore and England, at the Kodak Theater, and at the Cervantino festival in Mexico. Obviously, the Project has something special going, and if music is the uniting force among nations, Idan Raichel is on his way to becoming an ambassador of peace and understanding. You must not pass him up as just another world artist! His music is special and deserves recognition, no matter what language you speak. As the philosophy of his albums imply, music is the universal language.

The album sold here is the international release of his music, produced by the new Cumbancha record company, and is a compilation of a few songs from each album. While the international album is a great introduction to Raichel's music, it is only an introduction. It does not contain all of Raichel's greatest songs from his two previous albums. For instance, it is missing his other number one hits from Out of the Depths (2005)--"Milim Yafot Me'ele" and "Mikhol Ha'ahavot." Both songs are extraordinarily beautiful. "Milim Yafot Me'ele" (Words More Beautiful than These), starts out in Hindi (sung by Liora Yitzhak) and the rest is sung in Hebrew by Ethiopian-born Kebera Kasai, while Yitzhak returns periodically throughout the song with her striking voice. The music videos for both songs can be viewed on IdanRaichelProject[dot]com. The international album is also missing some great pieces from the Project's debut album, such as "Greetings for the New Year" and "HaShir Shel Mimi," along with several other songs.

Hence, I do not believe that the international album does his wonderful talent complete justice. The Project has 25 total songs on both albums, but the album here has only 12. There is too much missing from this CD. If you are looking for a COMPLETE introduction to The Idan Raichel Project, I would suggest purchasing his complete albums at israel-music[dot]com, a great Israeli music company in Ra'anana, Israel. I purchased _Out of the Depths_ eight months ago, and I have absolutely no regrets. If you love world music, Israeli music, Jewish music, or even reggae, I highly recommend Out of the Depths along with the Project's first album.

If you are looking for a SIMPLE introduction to the Project, I would recommend buying the album sold here. It contains some of the Project's great songs from his two albums, such as their number-one hits like Im Telech (song of the year in Israel), Mima'makim (also song of the year), and Shuvi El Beyti. Ruling the music charts in Israel for several weeks, Mima'makim is sung in Hebrew by Raichel himself in a soft, caressing voice (see the video above) and is influenced by African reggae, with some Amharic sung throughout. It almost plays like a lullaby and remains strong throughout the whole song. Never a dull moment. Shuvi El Beyti is another great song and has beautifully poetic Hebrew lyrics:

"In your eyes my beautiful
the light and the purity is kept guarded
there's a happy day or sadness that comes back
suddenly there's a light of a shining star
and there is that very same dream
how beautiful you are always and how much today.
Return to my house come back to look in my eyes
the evening descends again and it's already getting late." (Source: Hebrewsongs[dot]com)

The songs in Amharic and other African languages include Ayal-Ayale, Brong Faya (Burn Fire), and Siyaishaya Ingoma (Sing out for Love), and all have a great Afro-beat and tribal feel to them. Ayal-Ayale can also be viewed on IdanRaichelProject[dot]com. The only Arabic song on this CD is Azini. Boasting an incredible female voice from Mira Anwar Awad, an Arab Israeli from Haifa, Azini is a kind of folkloric-sounding song fused with ambient mixes, creating a magical piece that mesmerizes the senses.

Once again, Idan Raichel is worth listening to. He incorporates many different languages and cultures into his music, creating a melting pot of musical bliss. Become entranced. Feel empowered. Know that in this age when music is largely manufactured and lacks any touch of the human spirit, there is an artist out there who truly cares about music and its impact on humanity. Give Raichel's music a listen, and continue to spread his beautiful message that music unites us all.


Note: You can read Idan Raichel's biography on the Project's official website, idanraichelproject[dot]com. There is a great history behind the music of Idan Raichel. As another reviewer has stated, some websites have claimed that Raichel was born to Ethiopian parents. However, the official biography states that he is of Eastern European background. After military service, which is compulsory in Israel, Raichel became a counselor to immigrants and troubled youth at a boarding school, most of whom were young Ethiopians. This is when he became familiar with Ethiopian music, and from there he immersed himself in Ethiopian music and culture. Also immersing himself in the music of many other cultures in Israel, Raichel invited a large number of musicians to participate in the Project. From there, they made history.

I hope the Project would tour the United States more often, visiting more cities (Birmingham or Atlanta perhaps???!!!). Also, I would like to see the Project appear on the Opera Winfrey Show; I wrote the show a while back about the Project, asking if Opera would give the Project some air time, for they do deserve it. I ask all of you to *please* write Opera to ask her to devote an episode to the Idan Raichel Project. This will give the Project more exposure to mainstream America, thus increasing the number of albums they can sell and the number of US cities they can tour! Also, this will give Raichel and his Project a chance to show the world that there is more to Israel than political conflict."
Very Good
C. Gouker | Tacoma, WA USA | 02/06/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"I bought this c.d. after hearing it on NPR. I really enjoy the music, which is soulful and exotic. A very good c.d. to have some nice dreams to. A few music videos accompany the c.d. and there are lyrics inside for those of us who can't speak the languages. I would recommend this to anyone who likes world music or is looking to try out world music. Track 4 is definitely a highlight. Idan is supremely talented at mixing these different artists together and making a seamless, beautiful blend."