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Ofra Haza

Long one of Israel's most popular singers, Ofra Haza broke through to international recognition during the mid-'80s when her traditional music found favor on the U.K. club circuit, its success leading to a series of unlikely pop projects. Born in Tel Aviv on November 19, 1957, Haza was the daughter of Yemenite parents forced to flee from their native country's Muslim regime; at the age of 12 she joined the renowned Hatikva theatrical troupe, and with that group, cut a number of award-winning records before serving a compulsory two-year tour of duty in the Israeli army. Upon her discharge, in 1979 she mounted a solo career, becoming a star not only at home but also in neighboring Arab nations; in 1983, her recording of "Chai!" placed second in the annual Eurovision Song Contest.

Inspired by the ancient melodies taught to her by her mother, Haza recorded Yemenite Songs in 1985, which featured traditional instruments as well as lyrics drawn from the 16th century poetry of Shalom Shabazi; not only a major hit at home, the album was a worldbeat smash in England, as well. With 1988's Shaday, she turned away from traditional sounds to pursue more dance-flavored material, and the single "Im Nin'Al" even reached the Top 20 on the U.K. pop charts, additionally becoming a club favorite in the U.S. Haza's music was also sampled on the Eric B. & Rakim rap classic "Paid in Full," and her vocals later found their way into M/A/R/R/S' seminal "Pump Up the Volume" as well.

Released in 1989, Desert Wind was sung largely in English, and its release corresponded with Haza's first American tour. For 1992's Grammy-nominated Kirya, she teamed with producer Don Was and welcomed guests Iggy Pop and Lou Reed; that same year, Haza also recorded the single "Temple of Love" with British goth rockers the Sisters of Mercy. Despite her success, however, she was silent throughout the middle of the decade, finally resurfacing in 1997 with a self-titled LP issued on her new label, BMG Ariola. Haza died unexpectedly of AIDS-related complications on February 23, 2000. ~ Jason Ankeny
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Just Say Sire: The Sire Records Story

Disc 1

1. Everybody

2. Mirror In The Bathroom

5. Tainted Love

7. People Are People

8. Living On The Ceiling

9. That Summer Feeling

10. Young At Heart

11. One Step Beyond

12. Genius Of Love

14. Endicott

15. Love And Mercy

16. All The Way

17. Crazy

18. Fire Woman

Disc 2

1. Teenage Kicks

2. This Charming Man

3. I Melt With You

4. Moskow Diskow

5. (I'm) Stranded

6. Ca Plane Pour Moi

7. Top Of The Pops

8. Nowhere Girl

9. Part Of The Process

11. Beat Dis

12. The Love Cats

13. The Killing Moon

14. Warm Leatherette

15. Everyday Is Like Sunday

16. Never Never

17. Oblivious

18. Inside Out

19. Soon

20. Leave Them All Behind

Disc 3

1. Blitzkrieg Bop

2. Alex Chilton

5. The Wagon

6. Sonic Reducer

7. White Horse

9. I Want That Man

11. Summer Teeth

12. World Class Fad

13. Back On The Chain Gang

14. Give Back The Key To My Heart

15. Shake Some Action

16. Counting Backwards

17. Boy

19. O.G. Original Gangster

20. Jesus Built My Hotrod

21. Burning Down The House

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frankwiener
Dear Pandora, More Ofra Haza and other Israeli artists please. Thank you!
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dan7613
The quality of Ofra Haza’s voice is on par with Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand. Listen to “Latet” as an example. Please don’t leave her out of your repertoire? She had a very tragic end. Please add her in.
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dan7613
The quality of Ofra Haza’s voice is on par with Celine Dion and Barbara Streisand. Listen to “Latet” as an example. Please don’t leave her out of your repertoire? She had a very tragic end. Please add her in.
Dan 5091
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More Ofra Haza please
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david.borhan i
Why so little music from Israeli artists? Ofra Haza, Rita, Dikla, Chava Alberstein, Arik Einstein, Yehudit Ravitz, etc etc!
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Please add more Ofra Haza! She is an ambassador of music and her body of work is beautiful and heartfelt. She was very popular during the late 80s and 90s in the US west coast. I am surprised Pandora does not have more of a discography for her. Tis a shame, indeed!
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More Ofra Haza. Yes, I know she is passed away, but she did a lot of work.
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Ofra Haza is probably the most amazing Israeli singer ever and no music here? Come on Pandora!!
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ssubelsky
I would like so many of these comments. There is a major lack of modern Israeli music here...Ofra Haza is awesome! Pandora IS awesome for hip hop, though.
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glitter00
There is so much world famous Ofra Haza music.... where is it on Pandora?????
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jeanjacque2
Where is Ofra Haza's bio? Get it done, Pandora.
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marchiro
No Ofra Haza, no David Broza; no Chava Albertson! No Israeli music.
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I Love Ofra Haza's version of Yerushalayim Shel Zahav!
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Where is Ofra? More please!!! Oh yea, what about Shelia Shandra!
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ultraavatarb e l l a
She was a beautiful singer...PLE A S E READ ABOUT HER LIFE,HER BELOVED HUSBAND, THEIR LOVE STORY...AND THEN BE THANKFUL TO BE ALIVE AND NOT SO JUDGEMENTAL!
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Guys, You Tube has more Ofra haza than you.... What is the problem? Please, more Ofra Haza music...!
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suniema
If I create a station, will I also have her songs or other Int'l singer too?
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hal.lanier
This site was really built-up to me by my friends. It's disappointin g . Very middle of the road. Like Muzak from times past.

Muzak aka Elevator music. Instrumental versions of famous tunes played by anonymous session players using a ton of reverb.
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alinehuntly
I had her LP in the 80's but my Mum stored it near a radiator. Very frustrating that Pandora doesn't have her.
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tracey.wamsl e y
Twenty years ago I owned an Ofra Haza cd that I really enjoyed listening to. Why won't Pandora recognize her music? Is it some sort of political bs? If so, what happened to music transcending borders,real or imagined?
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chansonorphe l i n e
I couldn't agree more. Neglecting an entry because she's 'world music' is ridiculous - she recorded in the UK and America, often in English; had numerous projects with well-known internationa l stars; contributed to Hollywood soundtracks. . . I understand the difficulty if an artist is released on a small, local label or is virtually unknown in the West, but that situation hardly applies here.
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This is ridiculous that the lack of Ofra Haza information is such. At least let a fan post something and where are all her internationa l released LP's? Ludicrous!
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About Pandora's music collection and the lack of Ofra Haza: http://blog. p a n d o r a . c o m / f a q / # 5 5 9
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what the...
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choperini117 0
I like her a lot. The kind of music I'm looking for but can't really find :)
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I agree Matt_mkm this is ridiculous! Ani ratzon musica rak b'Ivrit!!
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anyone know of any similar site for israeli music?
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I don't understand this "Music Genome." I can't find any of my favorite artists of Israeli music other than Ofra Haza. No Arabic-langu a g e musicians are linked to Ofra Haza, either. What kind of variety is that? Where are the following artists? Tomer Yosef, Kobi Aflalo, Kobi Peretz, Eyal Golan, Ishai Levi, Moshe Levi?
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No Ofra Haza? I'm not too impressed with the Pandora music library
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physiodutch
I tried to find Traditional Indian Carnatic Music; unsuccessful l y .
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I really don't get the association with the listed similar artists...? Ofra Haza was such an amazing woman. IMHO linking her music to those women is diminishing of her tallent.
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Ofra Haza = Bananarama?? ? ? ? Or Samantha Fox??????
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One of Israel's most talented and beautiful artists of the past.

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