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Ofra Haza

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Hatikva, Tel Aviv, Israel (1969 – 2000)

Ofra Haza (עפרה חזה) (born as Bat-Sheva Ofrah Hazah in Hatikva, Tel Aviv, Israel on 19 November 1957 - died 23 February 2000). In 1969, at the age of 12, Haza joined a local theater troupe, and manager Bezalel Aloni spotted her singing talent. He staged many of his productions around Haza, and later became her manager and mentor. At the age of 19, she was Israel’s first pop star and retrospectively, music journalists described her as “The Madonna of the East”.

She came to fame in the late 80s, with her album SHADAY and her single Im Nin’alu which reached #1 on several European charts in 1988 and remained for nine straight weeks in top position on the German charts. Then she impressed the whole world with her album Yemenite Songs, which was later released in the US as Fifty Gates Of Wisdom. She added more high-tech elements and worked with producers such as Thomas Dolby and Don Was.

She also lent her vocals to a 1992 remix of The Sisters of Mercy single “Temple of Love” entitled “Temple of Love (1992)”. The 12” mix of this new version was dubbed the “Touched by the Hand of Ofra Haza Mix” (a tongue-in-cheek reference to New Order who had a hit with “Touched by the Hand of God”).

Her voice has been described as mezzo-soprano, of near-flawless tonal quality, capable of lending itself to a variety of musical styles with apparent ease. Her style, including elements of Hebrew pop, sounds tasty, yet exotic, and the strength of her voice gained her many admirers.

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  • CyberMusicLover

    She was such a goddess among women [5]

    16 Mar 12:06am Reply
  • rejczi

    She was such a goddess among women [4]

    26 Feb 8:41pm Reply
  • Cat_007

    magic...awesome

    5 Jan 12:37pm Reply
  • felix_the_cat

    עפרה חזה or Ofra Haza, both tags are correct. last.fm still didn't find a convenient way to group artists with two or more correct ways to tag them. I am also missing a way to use a "feat. xyz" in an artists name in my library and still group it to the right main artist in last.fm

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Veinrot

    According to the Last.fm guidelines, עפרה חזה is the correct one. After all, it is written in her own language.

    26 Apr 2013 Reply
  • chathurawind

    The Madonna of the East

    23 Apr 2013 Reply
  • Re-Kramer

    She was such a goddess among women [3]

    21 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ClaudieMMinogue

    @petitprincep My songs are Tagged with "Ofra Haza".

    15 Apr 2013 Reply
  • petitprincep

    Which is the correct one Ofra Haza or עפרה חזה?

    14 Apr 2013 Reply
  • ClaudieMMinogue

    she was such a goddess among women [2]

    6 Apr 2013 Reply
  • daile

    she was such a goddess among women

    18 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ClaudieMMinogue

    Mais um ano sem você... Descanse em Paz Ofra, esteja onde estiver.

    23 Feb 2013 Reply
  • Alphaville73

    magic .........

    23 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ClaudieMMinogue

    @ ossobo Did you Listen to Ahava Hishona or Atik Noshan? Maybe you'll like it.

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • ossobo

    I wish she had done more folky and traditional stuff like this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O2xNTzlFSk0 Such a beautiful voice and presence let down by 80's backing crap.

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • hypnosimos

    I love Ofra Haza!

    18 Nov 2012 Reply
  • ClaudieMMinogue

    Main digna de uma Rainha, assim como ela é. We Miss You, Ofra.

    11 Nov 2012 Reply
  • chronostoueinai

    http://www.haza.co.il/eng/singles.asp

    30 Oct 2012 Reply
  • TheJoshmire

    Fair enough, I tag my albums that have "Ofra Haza" on the cover with this spelling too! And the hebrew ones with the hebrew one... it's just my wish to have all the Ofra plays on lastfm merged under the one tag. It's not the end of the world if they're not though, as long as we're all enjoying the music, just a wish :)

    26 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Akayz7

    @TheJoshmire no it isn't. That's her native spelling yes, but she was a worldwide record artist. She is best known as "Ofra Haza".

    24 Sep 2012 Reply
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