Ofra Haza - Im Nin'Alu

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  1. VoR

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    Much loved Israeli diva records seemingly uncommercial album of traditional Yemenite prayers, gets remixed and scores massive Eurohit.



    I absolutely adore her voice. So rich and distinctive. The song is a total banger.
     
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    Ten SANS DOUTE

    'Galbi' was fabulous as well
     
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    I love her vocals on 'My Love Is For Real' by Paula Abdul too. The contrast between the first 30 seconds of Ofra effortlessly voxalising - then in comes Paula, flat as a pancake as ever. :D
     
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    Absolutely fucking MAGIC
     
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    Absolutely wonderful!
     
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    Ethnic pop, before it was thing. Groundbreaking lushness.
     
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    The original version is even better especially since she's singing it with the eastern/Yemenite dialect.



    Edit: Why can I never embed videos?
     
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    I remember hearing about her death and being very cut up about it, as it was around the time I was just discovering old Eurovisions and LOVED her song in 1983.

    The way she died was tragic. I'm sure if she were still alive now she would still have a fabulous career.

    As for Im Nin Alu, I first heard this on one f the Hits compilation tapes that I was given for a present. Loved it instantly as it seemed so exotic to a nine year old. I actually think this may be partly the reason why I got into Eurovision, with the different styles of music and language. Along with those other 2 foreign language hits from 1988.
     
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    I'm entranced.
     
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    Actually a 10 I think. I wish Vadge sampled her version on "Isaac" rather than that tone deaf codger who unfortunately was in the tour.
     
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    Every time I see this thread I read 'Abu Hamza'

    I need to get off the DM
     
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    It's a sick sad world when I realise I've neglected this for years now - how amazing to remember it existed and for it to sound as amazing as it always did. 11/10
     
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    A ten - but "the temple of love" is an 11
     
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    Following @monsta's recent revelation and her appearance on old TOTP this absolute banger has been played on a loop round these parts.
     
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    I love Galbi too, in spite (or perhaps because) of it being pretty much the EXACT SAME SONG :D

     
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    Both Galbi and this were big hits here, and the album was in the chart for weeks and weeks. Fantastic.

    Who is this troll Alex Range that gave this a 0? Fuck you!
     
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    Inspired by this post I've been listening to some Ofra this evening. This was a top 20 in the US dance chart apparently, I think I never heard it before but really like it.

     
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    Thrilled to see this on the TOTP: Big Hits 1988 show from last Friday :disco:
     
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    Im Nin'alu is obviously her best and is in it's own magical sphere of beauty and prayer, but Ofra has a ballad from her final album that I similarly can't get enough of (the fact that Des'ree of all people had a hand in writing it merely adds a delicious layer if you care to dare).



    The eponymous album was produced by Frank Peterson (Enigma, Sarah Brightman, Princessa), which is why I think the best tracks have really held up. His Germanic electro-pulse touch works well on giving songs that would otherwise be quite slight an ethereal quality that works wonders with the pureness of her voice. Here she whispers something filthy in French and sings English lyrics written by kids using fridge magnets:



    If we go Hebrew (which she didn't seem to do too much off once she started chasing international success), I would opt for Million:

     

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