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Zeava Ben

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Zehava Ben (Hebrew: זהבה בן‎, born November 8, 1968) is one of the most popular Israeli female vocalists in the Mizrahi music genre; the Middle Eastern-style of singing rising from Israel’s Mizrahi Jewish population, dominating Israeli music in the 1990s and popular ever since.

Zehava was born Zehava Benisty in Beer-Sheva, the capital city of the Negev in Southern Israel, to a Moroccan Jewish family. She was born in “Shikun Dalet” (D Neighborhood) a poverty, crime and drug infested neighborhood.

Zehava is very proud of her Moroccan heritage, and most of her music is quite distinctive of that, singing both in Hebrew and Arabic. She has appeared in many music festivals outside Israel, namely in Sweden and France.

Zehava became familiar in Israel in 1990, when the title track of a film she took part in, called “Tipat Mazal” (A Bit Of Luck), became a hit throughout Israel, primarily among Israel’s Mizrahi Jews (Jews of Middle Eastern and North African backgrounds) and Arab Israelis.

Despite her music being banned in some Arab countries due to a boycott on products of Israeli origin, Zehava is also popular throughout the Arab world as an Arabic-language singer. Among her repertoire are re-makes of traditional Arabic hits, including “Enta Omri” (You Are My Life) by legendary Egyptian singer Umm Kulthum.

Zehava appeared in the 1996 election campaign for ‘Meretz’ (left wing civil rights movement), singing the famous “Shir LaShalom” (Song For Peace).

One of her famous songs, “Ma Yihye” (What Will Be) from 1994, was featured in the Buddha Bar collection.

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  • Saroula83

    she's not yeminite,her parents are MOROCCON!

    15 Aug 2009 Reply
  • Gnarlodious

    The name is spelled wrong, this page should be removed. It is really Zehava Ben, Israeli Yemenite singer.

    29 Dec 2008 Reply
  • ambicj

    I try to find lyrics to this song. Help me please!

    9 Feb 2007 Reply

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