Idan Raichel claims to have no roots of his own when
it comes to his music

This week on One on One, meet the singer, songwriter and Israeli pop icon, Idan Raichel.

In a region of divisions, this successful young musician tries to unite.

Using the ethnic diversity of Israel to promote tolerance and understanding, he finds himself blending the sounds from very different cultures to create a unique fusion - but it's not without controversy.
 
Born in Israel, this Ashkenazi Jew - sporting distinctive dreadlocks - began his musical career as a young boy playing the accordion, and claims to have no roots of his own when it comes to his music.
 
For the ethnic mix living in Israel - often with cultural tensions - the eclectic and innovative union Raichel represents, provides a refreshing relief - particularly with sounds and artists bringing Ethiopian, Yemeni and Zulu influences among others.

It is, says Raichel, all about love and the vibe.

And judging by how much he's achieved at just 28 - there's a lot more to come.

Watch part one of this episode of One on One on YouTube

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This episode of One on One aired on Saturday, March 15, 2008


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