Ofra Haza

Genres: Dance World
Tags: female vocalists world israeli israel hebrew pop world music 80s jewish Powered by AudioScrobbler
Decades: 1980s 1990s 2000s
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19 November 1957, Tel Aviv, Israel, d. 23 February 2000, Tel Aviv, Israel. Haza was the daughter of Yemenite parents who had fled from the Muslim regime in Yemen. At the age of 12 she joined the theatre group Hatikva, run by Bezalel Aloni. In her seven years with the group, Haza recorded with them and won a Grammy award for an outstanding performance. After serving two years national service in the Israeli army she recorded her first solo album and quickly rose to become one of Israel’s top singers. She was voted second in the 1983 Eurovision Song Contest with ‘Ani Od Hai’ (translated: ‘I’m still alive’). In February 1987, Haza survived a horrific aeroplane crash on the Israeli/Jordanian border. Later in the year her singing was sampled on Eric B And Rakim hit remix of ‘Paid In Full’. Her unlikely success, in her own right, in the US dance charts in 1988 with ‘Im Nin’alu’ spread to Europe where it topped the...

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