Continuing my SPECIAL LADIES series, here’s another QUEEN OF THE MIDDLE EAST, OFRA HAZA who hails from Israel.
In fact this week whilst I’m on my holidays, a lot of my pre-prepared posts will be about Israeli music in all forms, hip–hop, dubstep, dancehall etc. We have not covered much on that front and I think it was about time that we did do so.
It was her YEMENITE SONGS album that caught my attention way back in or about 1985/1986 and that was one of my first forays into Global music. I was just captivated by the cover art, as above, and by the sounds on that album. Plus she sings in 3 different languages on that album, Arabic, Aramaic and Hebrew.
Shortly after that album came out, Coldcut used a sample from her track “Im Nin Alu” to great effect on their innovative hip-hop track with Eric B & Rakim, “Paid in Full”. That then made it clear to me that I was not alone in my admiration for this vocalist. She also did a cover of Zeppelin’s “KASHMIR” but man it was awful and so let’s not talk about that too much!
I personally don’t think she did anything to top YEMENITE SONGS and unforunately she died in 2000 at the tender age of 42.
Again, to find out more, there is extensive material available on the web and so seek it out for yourselves if it interests you.
I have to leave with you IM NIN ALU but this is a mash up version, which I discovered recently and featuring PANJABI MC!