The Idan Raichel Project
Quarter to Six (Cumbancha, 2013)
Although it’s clear that Israeli musician Idan Raichel has a great interest in the musical traditions of the globe, his style cannot be really categorized as world music. Instead, Reichel specializes in modern pop songs sung in Hebrew. True, he adds a little traditional music detail here and there, but it’s essential easy listening pop, similar to what you can hear in any top-40 station in most western countries.
Raichel’s best work to date is the Touré-Raichel Collective, the collaboration with Malian guitar sensation Vieux Farka Touré. The most attractive piece on Quarter to Six is the engaging “Ana Ana wa Enta Enta (I Am What I Am),” his Arabic-language song in collaboration with Palestinian-Israeli singer Mira Awad. It has the deepest traditional music roots and shows how Raichel utilizes music to break political boundaries.
Other guests in Quarter to Six include Portuguese fado singer Ana Moura on “Sabe Deus (God Knows),” German counter-tenor Andreas Scholl, and Vieux Farka Touré on “Mon Amour (My Love).”
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.