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yemenite songs

Ofra Haza Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 Dec 2003)
  • Label: pid
  • ASIN: B000254CH0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 328,065 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, haunting songs 5 April 2000
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This is one of my all-time favourites. I am not keen on her pop albums, but if have never heard one of hers before (or never intended to buy one): 'Yemenite Songs' has the most beautiful, haunting songs, going back to the 16th century and-most of them-written by Rabbi Shalom Shabazi. If you need a translation, there's a web site which has them (by Karen Barak). It's a beautiful legacy, Rest In Peace, Shalom, OFRA.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
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Compelling eastern rhythms, a haunting voice of unbelievable flexibility and power, mysterious (to most of us!) lyrics and the sort of melodic twists and turns that leave your entrails in knots of pleasure... Ahem. Sorry. Got carried away there. This is an album unlike any others I've heard: a beautiful rendition of traditional Yemenite songs using all the latest recording techniques so that the sound is smooth and rich, slipping down like thick black coffee, while the rhythms make your feet itch to dance. The percussion is unusual: some of it tin trays, etc, arising from the banning of traditional instruments by Orthodox Muslim administration in the past - the result is complex, crisp-sounding and layered - not the heavy thudding drumming some traditions give you. Melody is frequently up-beat but there is a wistfuless about some songs, arising from their yearning - some are love songs, some songs of exile. The words are fabulous - some of these songs are about the love of God: others celebrate "The crowning of man and woman in married bliss" and read like the Song of Solomon. Imagine singing "Sand-lily of the Sharon, Rose of the Valley/ She slipped through my aching fingers with her head upturned/ And left only the pain" to your beloved late at night! This album is a delight, from one of the foremost singers of her time (I *think* she died last year, in fact.) Her voice is powerful and melodic and expressive - she seems to have the ability to sing forever without taking breath. It's for atmosphere, for singing along with, for dancing to.. If you like Middle Eastern music, then you'll love this.
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Long one of Israel's most popular singers, Ofra Haza broke through to international recognition during the mid-1980s 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, 1959, 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 the 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 neigboring 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, in 1985 Haza recorded Yemenite Songs, 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 also 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. and 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.

1989's Desert Wind was sung largely in English, and its release corresponded with Haza's first American tour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Charming textures 13 July 2007
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This wonderful album features traditional and modern instruments with songs based on the 16th century poetry of Shalom Shabazi. The opening number Im Nin'alu is a catchy mid tempo ballad and is followed by the buoyant Yachilvi Veyachali, a faster song with a complex arrangement.
Ofra's voice displays its impressive diversity on A'salk, a great interplay of mostly percussion and vocals.

The medley of Tzur Menati, Se'i Yona and Sapri Tama has a catchy twirling melody and Galbi is another tuneful song with a compelling rhythmic structure. Ode Le'eli is a slow ballad with repeating patterns while Lefelach Harimon is my favorite with its sweeping melody line and hypnotic percussive textures.

Yemenite Songs is a pioneering album that successfully integrated traditional Middle Eastern songs with modern arrangements and pop appeal back in the middle 1980s. There is a moving spiritual undertone to many of the songs and Haza's voice is warm and engaging. If you like World Beat or the music of bands like Transglobal Underground, you will love this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charming middle eastern textures 27 Jun 2004
By Pieter Uys HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This wonderful album features traditional and modern instruments with songs based on the 16th century poetry of Shalom Shabazi. The opening number Im Nin'alu is a catchy mid tempo ballad and is followed by the buoyant Yachilvi Veyachali, a faster song with a complex arrangement.
Ofra's voice displays its impressive diversity on A'salk, a great interplay of mostly percussion and vocals. The medley of Tzur Menati, Se'i Yona and Sapri Tama has a catchy twirling melody and Galbi is another tuneful song with a compelling rhythmic structure. Ode Le'eli is a slow ballad with repeating patterns while Lefelach Harimon is my favorite with its sweeping melody line and hypnotic percussive textures.
Yemenite Songs is a pioneering album that successfully integrated traditional Middle Eastern songs with modern arrangements and pop appeal back in the middle 1980s. There is a moving spiritual undertone to many of the songs and Haza's voice is warm and engaging. If you like World Beat or the music of bands like Transglobal Underground, you will love this album.
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