Ofra Haza

Submitted by on Oct 2, 2015

Ofra Haza biography Ofra Haza was the most prosperous Israeli singer in the world in the 80’s – early 90-ies. She was gifted with a pleasant voice, excellent musical talent, hard work and enchanting beauty of the east, and all this has allowed it to achieve your dreams and achieve virtually everything you could wish for. All sank with her tragic death at the age of 42 years. Ofra Haza was born November 19, 1957 in Tel Aviv’s Hatikva neighborhood, it was the ninth daughter of the family. Her mother was still in Yemen, a popular singer, and after immigrating to Israel for many years, every week, on Saturday night, on the balcony singing, accompanying himself on the drum. Ofra childhood sang, participated in the school choir. hHer vocal ability is particularly evident in the song “Yerushalayim shel zahav.”where she was able to”like an adult”, pulling the last note of the song (“Ki-and-and-and-oh-oh-oh-oh-p …”). In 12 years Haza entered drama school based in her district Bezalel Aloni. Haza first appeared on stage in the play”Plastic Flowers”where it was”an actress to replace,”and all of its role was to utter a few words … In 1972 she first performed on television with the same theatrical studio. The program of”First Love”, set after the Yom Kippur War, 16-year-old Haase has been entrusted with a more serious role, and her first solo song,”Gaaguim”(“Longing”), took first place in the charts. hIn the same year, Haza took part in the festival of song and eastern ranked third with the song”hamalka Shabbat”(“Queen of Saturday”). She was then drafted into the army, but continued to serve in the evenings with his theatrical studio. After his release from the army Haza decided to continue her singing career under the direction of Bezalel Aloni. They turned to the impresario Abraham cheaply. He was fascinated by the voice of Haza, and agreed to take her under his wing. There was a time when he tried to attach it to Ruthie Holzman and Krivoshey Israel and revive the trio of”Chocolate, cops, mastics”, but this effort failed and Haza continued to find their way as a soloist. hProminent Israeli authors refused to compose for her, and Aloni, before only write lyrics to his studio, in desperation he began to write for Haza songs, the first of which was “hageshem”(“Rain”). hhhThe big breakthrough Haza occurred in 1979 in the movie”Hit”with the band”ha-ha-Hever gacaca”, where she performed “Shir hafreha”(“Song of street girls”). This song became a huge hit, constantly played on the radio, did Hazu star and earned her the title”Singer of the Year”- 1980, which she then held for 4 years in a row. hhIn the same year she released her first album,”haahavot shelanu”(“Our Love”). hhBesides the title track (which Haza performed at the Song Festival), the album includes”Shir hafreha”, “Shir ahava lehayyal”and others. A year later, she released her album”Bo nedaber”(“Let’s talk”), with the hit”Tfila”(“Prayer”), and a year later saw the release of the next album,”Pete,”of which the most successful were the songs”Gabriel”and”Kol Yom Math shana”(“Every day begins the year”). In 1983, Haza took part in”Eurovision”contest, which was held in Munich, finishing in second place with the song”Chai”(“Alive”). Speech Haza was impressive, and the words”Am Yisrael Hai”(“The people of Israel live”) sounded on German soil from the mouth of Haza, caused great excitement in Israel. There are those who think the performance at the”Eurovision””first shot”in the international career of Ofra Haza, but this big break abroad, she released several albums in Israel, among them three of the album”Songs of the Motherland”, which contained the old Hebrew songs new treatment, as well as the album”Bayt Ham”(“Sweet Home”, 1984), of which the most notable was the title track and”Poison beyad”(“Hand in Hand”). The album Yemenite songs, also released in 1984, Haza sang songs that are heard in his childhood, in the processing, combine the sound of traditional folk instruments of classic and modern. In the same year, Haza released her album”Adama”(“Earth”). hhAt this stage of her career best writers have agreed to write to her, and in this album were songs of Sasha Argov, Moshe Vilensky, Ehud Manor, and others. The most outstanding songs of the album were”Goral Echad”(“One Destiny”),”Adam “and”Mishehu holeh tamid ichi”(“Someone always goes with me”). In the summer of 1985 intensified the friction between the clubs fans Haza and its main rival in the period Yardeny Arazi. Singer personally do not quarrel with each other, but a variety of media tirelessly talked about the “war”between them, which reached its peak when one of the fans Haza sent a jet of water pistol on the dress Arazi in the youth camp in Tel Aviv. In 1986, Haza recorded the album”Yamim nishbarim”(“Broken Days”), to which she first wrote most of the songs. For the album was followed by a show delivered Tzaddi Tsarfati. And the show and the album did not succeed, and career Haza has stood at the crossroads. New Chance gave her ethnic music. hIn early 1988 Izhar Ashdot and Yair Nitzanim released a remix of the song”They ninalu”from her album Yemenite songs (adding her singing in English). The song went on the disc in Europe and became a huge hit: drive until the end of the year has been sold to more than two million copies. «They ninalu”entered the international album Haza”Shaddai”, which included songs in English, Hebrew and Arabic melodies on Bezalel Aloni. By the end of 1988 in Europe, selling over a million copies of the album in the United States – about 40 thousand. In the same year, Haza took first place in the television contest”Golden Lion”, held in Germany, and a year later took priority at the Tokyo International Festival. Three times in the years she has participated in the Festival of San Remo as a guest. But despite these successes, Haza sent the main efforts on the conquest of America. In 1989 she performed at the club “Palladium”in New York and moved there to live. Top music producers, impressed by her rare vocal abilities, offered her services. Desert Wind». In 1989 in Los Angeles, she released her album «Desert Wind». By the way, in the song”Fata Morgana”she joined his voice with the voice of his mother, who Napela her by phone from Israel of the Yemeni songs … In the heyday of the many musicians invited Hazu to speak with them … In 1990 it rejected a proposal by Michael Jackson to join him on a world concert tour. She performed at the Jazz Festival in Switzerland, and its performance recorded there with the best Yemeni and other songs, was published in the album, released in 1997 Iggy Pop wrote her one of the songs for her album”Kyrianna”award in 1993, the award”Grammy”in the category of”world music”- an achievement that has not yet been able to duplicate any of the Israelites. hhIn 1994, she released her last album in Hebrew,”Kohl haneshama”(“whole soul”), which she wrote in collaboration with Goran Bregovic, including the song”Leoreh hayam”(“Along the sea”). This version is included in the album”Shalom Haver”in the triple combination, released after her death. Three years after this Haza married businessman Doron Ashkenazi began to pay less attention to their professional activities, and returned to live in Israel. Shortly after the wedding Haza finished cooperation with Bezalel Aloni, who accompanied her to start a career. In 1998, Steven Spielberg asked her to play the main song in his cartoon”The Prince of Egypt.” Haza recorded the song in 29 languages. A year later, she started to write material for their new album. hIn February 2000, Ofra Haza in critical condition was admitted to the hospital,”Sheba”Tel Ha-Shomer. Twice previously Haza life was saved by a miracle. In 1987, the Israeli Air Force plane crashed, which was bringing her and Bezalel Aloni ago after a speech at a military base in the south. They escaped with minor injuries. The second time was in 1994 when lightning struck the plane on which Haza came back from London, but a safe landing. The third time, the miracle did not happen, and two weeks later Ofra Haza died in hospital, apparently due to the fact that her body could not resist a cocktail of AIDS drugs. hAfter her death, her memory went triple compilation ‘Manginat Halevo”(“Melody of the Heart”), containing the best of her songs in different years and from different albums, published in Israel and abroad. ( MOOMA. The original text is taken from the site MOOMA. My translation.)
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