“[Raichel] has both a gift for creating beautiful music and the courage to spread a message. He preaches universalism, the power of shunning labels and celebrating humanity.” -Jewish Journal
“…original guitar music of such fluidity, technique, rhythmic invention, and passion, that it is virtually unequaled…” -All Music
Pianist/composer Idan Raichel and guitarist/songwriter Vieux Farka Touré are two virtuosic artists from vastly different musical traditions. One hailing from Israel and the other from Mali, they are each vital contributors to contemporary world music, showing unwavering commitment to collaborations that elevate and enrich a global audience.
After a fated meeting in Spain, Raichel and Touré forged a deep friendship. The two musicians arranged a single recording session at a Tel Aviv studio that resulted in a brilliant collection of improvised, acoustic recordings. The Vieux Farka Toure and Idan Raichel Quartet was born.
In the spirit of promoting peace and cross cultural harmony, Raichel and Touré open ears and hearts in this unique project to create some of the world’s most sublime and transcendent music. The touring quartet features renowned bassist Yossi Fine and percussionist Souleymane Kané on djembe and calabash. Their hauntingly beautiful album is due in February 2012.
Vieux Farka Touré is a virtuosic guitarist hailing from Mali. His 2010 World Cup performance before a billion people in Johannesburg, South Africa propelled Touré to become one of the most celebrated African guitarists in history. With international acclaim still pouring in from his second full-length album, Fondo, Touré has not only distinguished himself from his famous bluesman father, Malian legend Ali Farka Touré, but begun to transcend the limitations of the world music genre itself. Dubbed “The Hendrix of the Sahara,” Touré released his latest album in spring 2011. The Secret includes collaborations with Dave Matthews, Derek Trucks, John Scofield, and Ivan Neville.
Idan Raichel garnered international acclaim when his debut album The Idan Raichel Project burst onto the Israeli music scene in 2002. A collaboration that brought together more than 70 musicians and colleagues, the record went triple platinum and changed the face of popular music in Israel. With an enchanting blend of African, Latin American, Caribbean and Middle Eastern sounds coupled with sophisticated production techniques and a spectacular live show, the release firmly establish Raichel as a new type of world pop star.
Whether as a producer, arranger, or bassist, Yossi Fine‘s unique and undeniable talents have made him one of the most in-demand names across a number of musical genres. He has worked with everyone from David Bowie and Lou Reed to Stanley Jordan and Gil Evans and as far outreaching as Ol Dirty Bastard, Naughty By Nature, and Gnawa master Hassan Hakmoun.
Souleymane ‘Souley’ Kané is from Niafunke, Mali. Talented from an early age, Souley was drafted as a young man into “L’Orchestre de Niafunke”, Niafunke’s regional orchestra, as a percussionist. There he honed his keen, innate sense of rhythm and his dexterity, quickly rising to the role of featured percussionist, playing djembe and calabash.