Ofra Haza (1957 - 2000)


Of Yemenite origin, Ofra Haza's talent was first recognized in the children's theater group she belonged to in her poor Tel Aviv Hatikvah neighborhood. She earned roles as a soloist from the 1970's, and thereafter her professional career as a singer of popular music was launched.

Ofra Haza achieved extensive acclaim internationally as a recording artist of different genres, but especially for her haunting renderings of Yemenite song. She represented Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest with the song Ani Od Hai (1983) and sang at the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in 1994, in honour of the awards to Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin and Foreign Minister Shimon Peres.

In Memoriam

Official website [Hebrew]: Biography [46pp], discography, gallery, memorial pages  http://www.ofra.haza.co.il/
Bezalel Aloni's site about Ofra Haza and their work together http://www.ofrahaza.com/ 
Remembering Ofra Haza Film by AyinChet http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZPqqCnEZrCQ
Ofra the One and Only Fan website by Ayin Chet http://www.ofrahaza.de/ [German] http://www.hazaofra.com/ [English]
Ofra Haza Remembered by Tom Schnabel http://www.electricearl.com/ofrahaza-3.html
Stream or download his Ofra Haza interview http://www.electricearl.com/ofrahaza.html 

Additional Tributes

Wikipedia Extensive English biography, professional collaborations, discography http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ofra_Haza
Imninalu Israeli fan site [English] - languages, music genres, discography http://www.imninalu.net/main.htm
Jewish Journal Obituary by Michael Silver http://www.jewishjournal.com/old/silver.3.3.0.htm 
CNN Obituary-biography http://archives.cnn.com/2000/SHOWBIZ/Music/02/24/haza.obit/index.html

Jerusalem Post Supplement 2 articles, photo gallery http://info.jpost.com/2000/Supplements/OfraHaza/index.html




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