The Touré-Raichel Collective

The Touré-Raichel Collective


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Line up

  • Amit Carmeli (vocals, bass )
  • Idan Raichel (vocals, piano )
  • Souleymane Kane (calabash, percussion, backing vocals )
  • Vieux Farka Toure (lead guitar, lead vocals )


A chance meeting at an airport between Israeli superstar Idan Raichel and Malian guitar maestro Vieux Farka Toure has forged an unexpected and fruitful collaboration. Their growing friendship led to a performance at the Tel Aviv Opera House in November 2010, after which they spent an afternoon jamming in a small intimate studio in Tel Aviv, Idan playing on (and inside) the piano and Vieux on acoustic guitar, joined by Israeli bassist Yossi Fine and calabash player Souleymane Kane from Vieux's band. The rapport between them resulted in the unplanned nascence of the album now known as The Tel Aviv Session, released this year to a gathering momentum of rave reviews and a spate of live concerts demonstrating their obvious enjoyment at playing together and exploring their intuitive improvisations across the borders.