Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Ofra Haza: Shabat HaMalka



Ofra Haza performs Shabat haMalka ("The Sabbath Queen")  in a 1975 concert.

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Ofra Haza [1957-2000], of Yemeni-Jewish descent, was one of the most popular singers from Israel in the 1980s until her death in 2000. As a testament to her qualities as both a performer and individual, Haza's singing was able to bridge the divide between Israel and the Arab countries. Sadly, Ofra Haza died on February 23, 2000 at the age of 42, of AIDS-related pneumonia. [You can find the lyrics and the English translation here.]