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Wednesday December 02, 2015

From The Jerusalem Post
By Moshe Arenstein

Idan Raichel gets personal on new album

In just 13 years Idan Raichel has turned into one of the most successful Israeli artists, in Israel and abroad. With tours in the US, South Africa, the Far East, Canada and Australia, and with international cooperation with artist such as Alicia Keys, Patrick Bruel, Vieux Farka Toure and Andreas Scholl, Raichel has established himself in the international music arena.

In his previews albums Raichel has brought us a new musical culture, including original production and texts in a variety of languages – Arabic, German, Spanish, Amharic, French and more. He is successful with both mainstream and more sophisticated audiences.

Raichel has sold more than 620,000 CDs, generated more than a million digital downloads, and has had more than 50 million views of his songs on YouTube.

Now his new album, called At the Edge of the Beginning, is being released after two years of recordings, shows, travels around the world and lots of family time. It is based on personal texts from Raichel’s life, in part due to changes he went through with the births of his two daughters. Raichel is married to an Austrian patisserie chef, and has a two-year-old and a newborn.

The song “The Warm Hand” is about “that first time a newborn is wrapping their hand around an adult finger, feeling for the first time not alone in the world,” said Raichel at the official launch of the new album. “It’s then they know the connection is forever.

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