Yemenite Songs

Yemenite Songs

by Ofra Haza


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Of all the stars of Jewish popular music, none match the profile of Ofra Haza. Sure, Israeli songbirds such as Chava Alberstein may write more penetrating lyrics, and contemporary groove masters such as Yossi Fine or Esta make Ofra's beats seem recherché. But the whole world knows Ofra, or at least her voice, and her devotion to the music of her Yemenite Jewish forbears became a model for artists straddling reverence for the past and a zest for the modern. "Im Nin'Alu" is the song that made Haza a star outside of Israel, sampled as it was by Coldcut for their huge remix of Eric B. and Rakim's "Paid in Full." Curiosity generated by her exotic, windswept vocals prompted the international release of 1987's FIFTY GATES OF WISDOM, a collection of songs like "Im Nin'Alu" based on ancient devotional poetry pumped up by contemporary dance beats. It was a left-field smash. At home, Ofra Haza captured the imagination of fans with her rags-to-riches personal story and miraculous survival of a plane crash. Later collaborations with artists from Lou Reed (on KIRYA) to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (on THE PRAYER CYCLE) may have had less of an impact outside of Israel, but Ofra Haza would again find herself the focus of international attention. Her sudden death in April 2000 of complications from AIDS raised a furor -- the reclusive singer had wished her condition be kept a secret, even from hospital workers. It was a painful ending for a beloved artist who devoted her life and art to tradition amid the pressures of the modern world. Mark Schwartz

Product Details

Release Date: 10/25/1990
Label: Shanachie
UPC: 0016351640222
catalogNumber: 64002
Rank: 4538

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ofra Haza   Primary Artist,Vocals
Marvin Feinsmith   Bassoon
Iki Levy   Percussion,Conga,Drums,Timbales,Metal Percussion
Israel Berkowitch   Strings
Elchanan Bregman   Strings
Abigail Erenheim   Flute,Piccolo
Chaim Gispan   Tambourine,Timbales,tin whistle,Tambala
Meril Grinberg   Horn,English Horn,French Horn,Oboe
Rima Kaminkowski   Strings
Lesli Lishinski   Bassoon
Eli Magen   Double Bass
Yitzchak Markowetzki   Strings
Benny Nagari   Flute,Piccolo
Abraham Rosenblatt   Strings
Iian School   Clarinet,Bass Clarinet
Shlomo Shochat   French Horn
Yigal Tuneh   Strings
Israela Wisser   Strings
Yuval Kaminkowski   Strings
Yigal Tunch   Strings
Herman Openstein   Horn,English Horn,Oboe

Technical Credits

Bezalel Aloni   Producer
Iki Levy   Wood
Benny Nagari   Arranger,Producer
Yoav Gera   Engineer
Aharon Amram   Art Direction
Keren Barak   translation

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Guest More than 1 year ago
This collection of songs brought tears to my eyes.Everybody in my home country of Israel loves Ofra Haza.She was Israels Alliyah, and a woman who had a song in her heart till the die G-d took her from us. Long live her songs and her memory!!!!