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Idan Raichel Project – Mimaamakim (Out of the depth)

An evening pause: From Israel, music of the world. The group is called the Idan Raichel Project.

Pioneer cover

From the press release: From the moment he is handed a possibility of making the first alien contact, Saunders Maxwell decides he will do it, even if doing so takes him through hell and back.

 
Unfortunately, that is exactly where that journey takes him.

The vision that Zimmerman paints of vibrant human colonies on the Moon, Mars, the asteroids, and beyond, indomitably fighting the harsh lifeless environment of space to build new societies, captures perfectly the emerging space race we see today.

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  • Very nice. My wife quickly recognized that the song is actually an amalgram of two Ethiopian songs from the 60s-70s:
    http://youtu.be/Or99XrT1meY
    http://youtu.be/iOPrZbAuTEg
    (Of course, this group added the Hebrew parts .)

    Ethiopia had a golden age of music during that time, mixing traditional music with Western pop and jazz. Unfortunately, when the communist Derg regime took over in the mid-70s, it all mostly went silent. Gradually, though, the music community in Ethiopian has reawaken over the past couple of decades since the Derg was overthrown .

    Presumably the Israeli connection here comes via the Ethiopian Jewish immigrants who arrived in Israel via the airlift in the 80s and 90s during the Ethiopian civil war –
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beta_Israel#Ethiopian_Civil_War

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