Idan Raichel, the creator and leader of the Idan Raichel Project, began his musical journey by inviting collaborations from artists of different generations, multiple ethnicities and singing in languages as diverse as Hebrew, Spanish, Arabic, Amharic and Swahili. The resulting albums have shattered sales records in Israel, made Raichel one of his country’s biggest musical breakthroughs of the past decade, and sold over half a million records worldwide. The Project was honored as the “Musical Group of the Decade” in Israel in 2010, and the song “Mima’amakim” was selected the “Best Song of the Decade.” As described by The New York Times, “His arrangements bind the voices together in somber minor-mode anthems paced by electronic beats, earnestly seeking to uplift.”
The Project’s blend of African, Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern sounds, coupled with a spectacular live show, has enchanted audiences worldwide. They have headlined in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including New York’s Central Park Summer Stage, Los Angeles’ Kodak Theater, The Apollo Theater, the Sydney Opera House and Radio City Music Hall. They have also performed across Europe, South & Central America, Hong Kong, India, Ethiopia, South Africa and Singapore to enraptured audiences of all backgrounds. Idan has collaborated with many different artists from around the world, including Vieux Farka Toure from Mali, Mayra Andrade from Cape Verde, Marta Gomez from Colombia and many more. Currently, Idan is working with India.Arie on their joint recording project Open Door, which will be released in 2011.