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Friday October 25, 2013

From Watertown Daily Times

Idan Raichel bringing his world music ‘Project’ to Potsdam on Oct. 30
By: Chris Brock

POTSDAM — Ever since his haunting first hit song played on the airwaves in his native Israel in 2003, Idan Raichel has been an ambassador for peace. The Idan Raichel Project would soon become known around the world for its ambitious cross-cultural collaborations, which were seen in that first hit, “Bo’ee.” The “global fusion” song was in the Ethiopian language of Amharic. On Wednesday, Potsdam will be introduced to Mr. Raichel’s energetic live act as part of the Community Performance Series. The concert is at SUNY Potsdam’s Maxcy Hall.

“Idan is committed to, and has clearly demonstrated the concept that the power of music transcends political beliefs and personal differences,” said Amy L. Flack, executive director of the Community Performance Series. “We are likening him to an Israeli Dave Matthews.” The 12 members in The Idan Raichel Project are from around the world, including the countries of Ethiopia, Brazil, France and Sudan.

“They sing in as many languages as their nationalities,” Mrs. Flack said. Their music includes a mix of Ethiopian folk music, Arabic poetry, Yemenite chants, Biblical psalms and Caribbean rhythms.

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