Idan Raichel: The Groove is Global

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Friday February 15, 2013

From Cleveland Jewish News

The Idan Raichel Project
For Raichel, the groove is global
By: Carlo Wolff

Idan Raichel, a composer, singer and keyboardist who is a superstar in his native Israel, will make his Cleveland debut Saturday, Feb. 16, fronting a seven-piece band conversant ‘” make that eloquent ‘” in many languages.

On the basis of Idan Raichel Project videos and MP3s, the show should rock: the dreadlocked, casually attired Raichel lays folkloric lyrics over pulsating rhythm tracks, often with an electronic tinge. His voice, rough-hewn and warm, floats on grooves that braid Middle Eastern, Latin and African strains.

In a telephone conversation and subsequent email, the Tel Aviv resident suggested he aims to bring his music ‘” part jam band, part jazz, resolutely ethnic and just as resolutely modern ‘” to places he cannot yet enter for political reasons. For now, he said, he is the first ‘to bring the world music in Israel to the mainstream.’

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