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Friday October 18, 2013

From Huffington Post

Israeli Musician Idan Raichel Rocks Miami’s World with World Music Project
By: Leah Stern

Miami, FL — If Tel Aviv is the Miami of the Middle East, it’s clear why Israeli musician Idan Raichel felt so at home Thursday night on stage at the Adrienne Arsht Center. Playing to a sold-out crowd, Raichel kept his performance basic: no frills or stunts, just music, energy and a lot of soul. The singer, who recently shorn off his trademark dreadlocks, locked his eyes shut as he played, only his tapping feet betraying his passion for the rhythm.

“World music” doesn’t begin to describe the eclectic group of instruments: an Iranian guitar joined by a Greek bouzouki, hints of classical piano combined with Ethiopian beats. Raichel’s singers belted out melodies in Amharic, Hebrew, Zulu, Hindi, Arabic and Portuguese. And even though most of the crowd couldn’t understand the lyrics, the multi-ethnic audience seemed to understand every note.

Diversity has long been Raichel’s calling card: his eponymous “Idan Raichel Project” features an expanding corps of talent, with more than 95 musicians from all over the world. “With us, musicians come and go. They stay a while and then go off into the world to pursue personal projects and then they come back.” It’s this revolving cast of characters that has brought dozens of languages to his work, with singers ranging in age from 16 to 91.

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