Chava Alberstein

Genres: Pop / Rock World Music
Decades Active: 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s 2000s

Biography

1949, Szczecin, Poland. At the age of four, Alberstein travelled with her family to Kiryat Chaim, Israel. At 17, she appeared on a popular radio programme, singing four songs. This was heard by songwriter Nachum Heiman who asked her to perform his songs and introduced her to CBS Records. Signed to a recording contract, she quickly gained an audience. By the 80s, Alberstein was writing a large part of her repertoire although maintaining a lifelong interest in preserving songs and poetry in Yiddish, the language spoken by her family. Her documentary film, Too Early To Be Quiet, Too Late To Sing (1995), reflects her personal commitment to Yiddish poetry. She has appeared in films and composed music for Stalin’s Children (1988) and Groupie (1993), both directed by her husband, Nadav Levitan, who later wrote lyrics for the songs on her 2003 release End Of The Holiday. Alberstein has released more than 40 albums, several going gold and some platinum. Six albums...

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