Yemenite Songs

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All Music Guide - Christina Roden
Ofra Haza's death on February 23, 2000, at the age of 41 deprived the world of a lovely woman, a great vocalist, and a fearless cultural advocate. Fifty Gates of Wisdom, her 1985 album of boldly reimagined traditional Yemenite songs, brought her international fame, and decades later, it retains its ability to delight and inspire. The set list consists of secular tunes plus examples of a festive devotional style called diwan, which is common to all Oriental Jewish communities and can be sung in Hebrew, Aramaic, or Arabic. Each group has specific traditions, but the Yemeni variant is especially remarkable for its poetry, much of which was written by rabbis as far back as ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Christina Roden
Ofra Haza's death on February 23, 2000, at the age of 41 deprived the world of a lovely woman, a great vocalist, and a fearless cultural advocate. Fifty Gates of Wisdom, her 1985 album of boldly reimagined traditional Yemenite songs, brought her international fame, and decades later, it retains its ability to delight and inspire. The set list consists of secular tunes plus examples of a festive devotional style called diwan, which is common to all Oriental Jewish communities and can be sung in Hebrew, Aramaic, or Arabic. Each group has specific traditions, but the Yemeni variant is especially remarkable for its poetry, much of which was written by rabbis as far back as the 17th century. Most diwan consist of three separate sections: the a cappella nashid prelude, the shira singing, during which celebrants bang on copper trays, empty gasoline cans, or whatever else is handy, and a postlude called the hallel, or song of praise. The unusual percussion accompaniment came into use following the destruction of the Temple, when Jews were forbidden to play conventional musical instruments, and also as a result of periodic oppression by Muslim fundamentalists. In Haza's hands, these sinuous tunes are further spiced up by drum machines and synthesizers, pumping out the hypnotic dance beats that catapulted the album onto dancefloors throughout the world. It important to remember that this recording long predated the flood of world/techno fusions that have since overwhelmed the marketplace. Transglobal Underground, Afro-Celt Sound System, and Scandinavian groups like Garmarna all owe Haza a debt of gratitude. But despite the historic electronic flourishes, it is the siren-like charm of the singer's voice that creates the most indelible impression.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/23/2000
  • Label: Globe Style
  • UPC: 029667300629
  • Catalog Number: 6
  • Sales rank: 75,512

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Im Nin 'Alu (5:18)
  2. 2 Yachilvi Veyachali (3:27)
  3. 3 A 'Salk (4:45)
  4. 4 A) Tzur Mentati/B) Se'i Yona/Csapri Tama (5:44)
  5. 5 Galbi (4:14)
  6. 6 Ode Le-Eli (3:31)
  7. 7 Lefelach Harimon (5:08)
  8. 8 Ayelet Chen (6:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ofra Haza Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Marvin Feinsmith Bassoon
Iki Levy Percussion, Conga, Drums, Timbales, Metal Percussion
Israel Berkowitch Strings
Elchanan Bregman Strings
Abigail Erenheim Flute, Piccolo
Chaim Gispan Tambourine, Timbales, tin whistle, Tambala
Meril Grinberg Horn, English Horn, French Horn, Oboe
Rima Kaminkowski Strings
Lesli Lishinski Bassoon
Eli Magen Double Bass
Yitzchak Markowetzki Strings
Benny Nagari Flute, Piccolo
Abraham Rosenblatt Strings
Iian School Clarinet, Bass Clarinet
Shlomo Shochat French Horn
Yigal Tuneh Strings
Israela Wisser Strings
Yuval Kaminkowski Strings
Yigal Tunch Strings
Herman Openstein Horn, English Horn, Oboe
Technical Credits
Bezalel Aloni Producer
Iki Levy Wood
Benny Nagari Arranger, Producer
Yoav Gera Engineer
Aharon Amram Contributor, Art Direction
Keren Barak translation
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    For Authentic taste of the heart of real Jewish music

    This collection of songs brought tears to my eyes.Everybody in my home country of Israel loves Ofra Haza.She was Israels Alliyah, and a woman who had a song in her heart till the die G-d took her from us. Long live her songs and her memory!!!!

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