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Tuesday October 22, 2013

From Sun Sentinel

Israeli musician speaks, sings at FIU
By:Sergio Carmona

The Israeli musician Idan Raichel made a stop at Florida International University during his musical tour.

Raichel, who visited Miami to perform at a concert, stopped by the university to converse with the students and speak about The Idan Raichel Project, a cross-cultural collaboration musical project he founded 10 years ago that blends African, Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern sound, as well as perform a few songs. This discussion was presented by the Michael-Ann Russell Jewish Community Center’s Hillel Young Adult Division.

Raichel, who is a keyboardist, producer and composer from Kfar Saba, a city near Tel Aviv, was born to a family of Eastern European roots. He told the students that the idea for the project was to start a musical one with friends from his neighborhood who immigrated from different parts of the world. “Israeli society is about immigrants who came from all over the world,” he remarked. “Every 10 or 15 years there is a new immigration that changes Israeli society.”

Raichel remarked that the project’s biggest achievement was to bring the voices of the minorities living in Israel to Israeli mainstream radio. He told students to emphasize on the beautiful things of Israel and not only the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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