News
News Home
Quick Bites
Exploradio
News Archive
News Channel
Special Features
NPR
nowplaying
On AirNewsClassical
Loading...
  
School Closings
WKSU Support
Funding for WKSU is made possible in part through support from the following businesses and organizations.

Hennes Paynter Communications

The Holden Arboretum


For more information on how your company or organization can support WKSU, download the WKSU Media Kit.

(WKSU Media Kit PDF icon )


Donate Your Vehicle to WKSU

Programs Schedule Make A Pledge Member BenefitsFAQ/HelpContact Us
Arts and Entertainment


Idan Raichel Project melds the musical cultures of Israel
European, Middle Eastern, and African music; young and old singers, too.
by WKSU's MARK URYCKI


Senior Reporter
Mark Urycki
 
Idan Raichel
Courtesy of Idan Raichel Project
Download (WKSU Only)
In The Region:
Yo Yo Ma is bringing his Silk Road ensemble to Akron next month. It’s a mix of European and Asian musical styles that Ma has become known for. But tomorrow night, another band that mixes East and West will be performing at the Cleveland Museum of Art.  As WKSU’s Mark Urycki reports, this band melds the different cultures of Israel
Here more on the Idan Raichel Project

Other options:
Windows Media / MP3 Download (8:51)


The Jews that settled in Israel were once split into two camps: Ashkenazi and the Sephardic, or those from Europe and those from Islamic countries. And singers like Ofra Haza or today's Rita Yahan-Farouz have mixed those musical styles into popular music.

But more recently, Jews have entered Israel from Africa, especially Ethiopia. A musician who has been melding all three of those musical cultures is Idan Raichel.  

Raichel was exposed to African music at his first job as a counselor at a boarding school attended by Ethiopian kids. He learned to love the music they listened to and began inviting musicians to his studio. 

Soon he started inviting Ethiopian musicians to his home studio. And eventually, Raichel assembled musicians from various backgrounds and called his band the Idan Raichel Project. He writes all but a few of the songs.  Sometimes his lyrics are quotes from the Bible. It's not only a mix of east and west, but of young and old as the project includes cantors in their 70's. Raichel sings only a few songs himself.

He's worked with American singer India Arie and musicians from Europe, South America and Africa. The Idan Raichel Project playing at the Cleveland Museum of Art Saturday night are all Israelis, but they'll be representing many different musical cultures. You can download some free samples of his music at irpgift@gmail.com   

(Click image for larger view.)

Add Your Comment
Name:

Location:

E-mail: (not published, only used to contact you about your comment)


Comments:




 
Page Options

Print this page

E-Mail this page / Send mp3

Share on Facebook




Stories with Recent Comments

From warehouse to writer: Terry Pluto's Thanksgiving thank you
Dear Terry: On my 8th cup of coffee trying to get Thanksgiving "Brunch" done ahead of time because I work nights. However, I just had to stop to contact yo...

The first big private gift comes in for the pro football HOF project
The HOF has needed a shot in the arm for many years and this project will go a long way to getting the attraction the attention it deserves (next: upgrad...

Environmental study nears completion in East Liverpool
Twenty years ago my twin sister and I protested the building and operation of the WTI facility citing several studies that indicated the risk of cancer due to ...

HOF's Canton expansion could take an island and make it a village
I live in the block from Broad St to the Hall of Fame and will be impacted by the expansion. I am in the process of selling my home and planned to long before i...

Cleveland redeploys police to replace rejected red-light traffic cameras
Periodic rotational enforcement without warning does NOT change behavior and the city officials know that. This is the basis of all officer-run enforcement trap...

New enrollment period offers more insurance options
The removal of federal funding for healthcare CO-OPs may limit the growth of the CO-OP movement. http://www.healthcaretownhall.com/?p=6381

The family of Boardman vet killed in Vietnam receives his medals
My name is Mike Eisenbraun. I am Larry's brother. I was 14 years old when Larry was killed in Vietnam. He has been gone for 46 years but it seems like yester...

Cleveland seniors are creating new wealth -- and facing new challenges
Why is anyone surprised that we people over 65 are not retiring? If you have been paying attention, defined company funded pensions were phasing out in the eigh...

Ohio company cuts off a dairy supplier after allegations of animal abuse
these people should be held accountable for their actions. i would be more than pleased to see a year or more behind bars. i will NEVER eat anything that comes ...

Copyright © 2014 WKSU Public Radio, All Rights Reserved.

 
In Partnership With:

NPR PRI Kent State University

listen in windows media format listen in realplayer format Car Talk Hosts: Tom & Ray Magliozzi Fresh Air Host: Terry Gross A Service of Kent State University 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. NPR Senior Correspondent: Noah Adams Living on Earth Host: Steve Curwood 89.7 WKSU | NPR.Classical.Other smart stuff. A Service of Kent State University