Friday, February 23, 2007

Remembering Ofra Haza

Ofra haza( November 19, 1957February 23, 2000),one of my favourites,Of Yemenite Jewish ancestry,nspired by a love of her Yemenite-Jewish culture, the appeal of her musical art quickly spread to a wider Middle Eastern audience, somehow bridging the divide between Israel and the Arab countries. As her career progressed, the multi-lingual Haza was able to switch between traditional and more commercial singing styles without jeopardising her credibility. The music, too, cleverly fused elements of Eastern and Western instrumentation, orchestration and dance-beat.This song was filmed in Jordan it was an international song for peace.

For more about Ofra:

And in Arabic:


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh my god! I thought no one in Egypt knows Ofra Haza but me!
I'm yemenite myself (but muslim). I have lots of songs and clips for Haza. She's by far my favorite singer. I can share with you some of her songs!
Umm...I'm an AUCian (American-university student). I'm 19 and I study anthropology. However, if you have any physical CD's or albums of Haza please do share!
I'll be freakin' grateful! I have just run into ur blog! I almost know nothing about let me chick!
Take care x

5:54 AM  
Blogger Urban_Infidel said...

Ahh.. yes.

She is gorgeous and her voice gives me chills all over.

I remember this song. Wasn't it an 80s pop version of another more traditional song? I'd love to get the the first one.

Thanks, Pharaoh. Very nice.

6:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Urban_Infidel, this song is originally an ancient Yemenite poem (Im Nin'Alu). It talks about angels, and the relationship between rich and poor people. The original song was sang by Ofra too (I think in 70's). The old song was released in her album "Yemenite Songs". Try this link:
I hope this is this what u r looking for!

BTW I checked ur blog Pharaoh. It's really wicked! Keep up the good work. Gtg anyhow!
Umm..I misspelled check* in my first comment…sorry 4 that…

PS Urban_Infidel, is that Mata Hari in ur pic?


8:22 AM  
Blogger Amenhotep®© said...

Hi Anonymous Yemenite:
Welcome and thanks for your visit,I love Ofra unfortunately she's not so known here because of all that Jewish thingie though she's originally Arab and has a nice voice,i have all here discography you can mail me and share it with you if you like and thanks for your valuable information about the song,really appreciate it.

2:58 PM  
Blogger Urban_Infidel said...

Yes, it is Mata Hari in my pic.
Good catch!

And thanks for the information about that song. It really sends me.
I'm going to check it out.

3:00 PM  
Blogger Urban_Infidel said...

Anonymous, I just saw the video at the link you gave and its really good. Thanks!

I also saw that Ofra Haza has a song called "Mata Hari". How cool.

Here's the link:

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No problems man! It's my pleasure! I'm not sure if you're familiar with the lyrics of Im Nin Alu (the title means: If the doors were/are locked)
so here is the translation of the song (the hebrew version!):
"The gates of the wealthy may be locked but the gates to the
upper world are always open

The living Source is beyond even the angels that all arise on the wind
for they rise to the presence (of God)..knowing and praising the
essence in constant motion..created at the beginning
creatures of pure spirit and flame making a great sound of
holiness grabbed in the brilliance of the presence: (of God)

Each with six wings flying spinning singing sweet song
gathering in shifting patterns all form the glory of God.
We shall rise beyond beyond and beyond...."

Ahhh...very inspiring, don't u think?

Pharaoh, soon I'm gonna e-mail you!
I just have lots of midterms at the moment!

Urban_Infidel, Mata hari (the song)is my favorite! So I'm quite familiar with the video, thx though!
BTW do you know that the album which mata hari comes from is called Queen in Exile (refering to her death). However, it was never released for unkown reasons!
Umm, I did a research on Mata Hari's life. This is how I know about her! I'm wondering though whether you think she was a spy or not?


1:04 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hi, it's nice to know that religion is no barrier to appreciate Ofra's songs. :) BTW all of the songs from the album "Queen in Exile" is now on her Greatest Hits vol.2 album. it wasnt released because they were unsatisfied with the album's production eg. more American pop that wasnt like Ofra's style.

9:45 PM  
Anonymous eddie said...

well, im argentinian (muslim) but my family comes from europe with jewish past, so i love ofra haza, she is so perfect, i can feel her voice very deep in my soul, im happy to carry both traditions in my veins. I have a lot of material from Haza, gonna soon sharing it with all of you!

9:29 AM  

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