Magazine article New Internationalist

Quarter to Six

Magazine article New Internationalist

Quarter to Six

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Quarter to Six

by The Idan Raichel Project

(Cumbancha CMB CD 26 and download)

Possessed of soulful looks and a head of dreads, Idan Raichel has been a pin-up of Israeli popular music since 2003 when he landed a hit with 'Bo'ee', a sweet single made remarkable by its Amharic-language chorus.

Timbres from European, Latin American and African musicians often feature in his works and it's hard to shake off the warm, fuzzy feeling that his undoubtedly well-wrought music effects. It's a little bit Eastern, a little bit this, a little bit that.

This shouldn't be knocked. If any country needs a multicultural dialogue, it's Israel. But dreadlocks don't symbolize rebellion and nor do they signify deep thinking. Sadly, the phrase 'Occupied Territories' doesn't seem to come into Raichel's thinking (publicly, at least) and activists on the Palestinian Campaign for the Academic & Cultural Boycott of Israel are no fans of his. …

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