For almost 14 consecutive years, Idan Raichel was on tour. Alongside with his motley crew of singers and musicians, he traveled across the globe, performing for large and small audiences, bringing life each night to his unique mix of Middle Eastern sounds and lyrics. While on his most recent tour, the now 40-year-old Israeli musician received a video-call from one of his daughters. “Papa,” she said. “Are you angry at me? Why are you not coming home?”
Simone Somekh is a New York-based author and journalist. He’s lived and worked in Italy, Israel, and the United States.