While recent headlines are dominated by news of conflict and war in the Middle East, an Israeli musical collaborative has achieved success by looking beyond intercultural differences and celebrating the value of diversity. The Idan Raichel Projectís blend of traditional Ethiopian folk music, Arabic poetry, Yemenite chants, Biblical psalms and Caribbean rhythms with sophisticated production techniques has resulted in an unparalleled musical phenomenon that has already taken Israel by storm, generating multiple number 1 hits and selling over 250,000 copies of its two domestically released albums.

On November 7, 2006, the recently formed record label Cumbancha will present the inspirational music of The Idan Raichel Project to the rest of the world with the international CD release of The Idan Raichel Project.

The Idan Raichel Project is the brainchild of Israeli keyboardist, composer, producer, and arranger Idan Raichel. Raichel invited over 70 different musicians from a wide variety of backgrounds to participate in the recordings. In particular, Raichel has long been fascinated by the music of Israelís growing population of Ethiopian Jews, and many songs feature members of Israelís Ethiopian community.

The recordings also include Arab musicians, traditional Yemenite vocalists, a toaster and percussionist from Suriname and a South African singer, among others.

The Idan Raichel Project will be released in conjunction with a special Putumayo World Music collection entitled, which focuses on cross-cultural musical collaborations and also features appearances by Willie Nelson, Ziggy Marley, Taj Mahal, and Youssou NíDour among others.

A portion of the proceeds for One World, Many Cultures will go to support the non-profit organization Search For Common Ground (, which works to transform the way the world deals with conflict - away from adversarial approaches and towards collaborative problem solving.

Idan Rachel is a Landau Award winner of Israel who also toured over 10 countries. Recently, he had a record with the Persian Vocalist icon, Sattar. With no doubt, Idan is one of the most creative musicians in International Music Fusion.

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