Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Ofra Haza 1997
Genres: Dance & Electronic, World Music, Pop
The Late Israeli Pop Star's Final Set of Recordings were Recorded at Nemo Studios and Mixed at Abbey Road by Frank Peterson, who is Responsible for the Meteoric Rise of Sarah Brightman as a Classical Crossover Artist. Perh... more »
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The Late Israeli Pop Star's Final Set of Recordings were Recorded at Nemo Studios and Mixed at Abbey Road by Frank Peterson, who is Responsible for the Meteoric Rise of Sarah Brightman as a Classical Crossover Artist. Perhaps the Same Might have Happened for Haza Had Fate Not Intervened. Haza Chose to Update her First Big International Hit Here, the Jewish Traditional "im Nin Alu", which was Sampled Orginally on Marrs "Pump Up the Volume", Bringing her to the Attention of a Vast Audience Far Beyond her Wildest Dreams.
The voice of an angel...
littlenesha | Norman, OK | 04/15/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ofra Haza has(or HAD) the most beautiful voice I have ever heard. Truly the voice of an angel. I have just recently become interested in her music after finding out that it's her voice on that Paula Abdul song I've always liked(My love is for real). I always thought it was Paula who sang that background part & I wondered why she always sounded so boring in every other song but so good in this one! No wonder, it was Ofra singing, not Paula(no offense Paula, you're still great). My favorite song of Ofra's is probably either Im Nin Alu or Gavriel. I love to sing along with her when I'm driving, I'm sure many people have gotten a good laugh hearing me belt out Hebrew 80's music! I am truly amazed by the clarity & timbre of her voice, and the ridiculously wonderful control she had over it. Her singing really does give me chills. In a way I feel close to her b/c I have been told I resemble her. I can definitely see it, we have similar features & the same coloring. I'm Middle Eastern as well(Egyptian, not Israeli though). It is SO sad that she is dead now. Why couldn't it have been Britney Spears or someone other worthless tramp who can't sing?! The world lost its best singer 4 years ago with Ofra's death."
Anthony Morelli | Montreal, Canada | 11/08/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am so happy to have purchased & received this CD today. By word of mouth from my very good friend, Chellie, I've been drawn to Ofra Haza's beautiful music. And of course, Chellie sent me some songs which had me sold. This happened around the time of Sarah Brightman's "HAREM" CD release in 2003. To those who aren't aware, Ofra Haza is heard on the track "MYSTERIROUS DAYS" on Sarah Brightman's "HAREM" CD. It's a small world, because Sarah Brightman's Producer, Frank Peterson, produced this albums as well. Unfortunately, it was Ofra's last album. If it hadn't been for her untimely death on February 23, 2000, we most likely would've been blessed by an equally stunning follow-up album.
My favorite songs are "IM NIN ALU", "SHOW ME" and "YOU". I've been playing them in mp3 form, for nearly 5 months straight! These songs are purely "Feel Good" songs, which draw the listener straight to Ofra's heart. Of course, all the songs are great...and they have an edgy, European feel, due to Frank Peterson's magic touch. Ofra showcased a remarkable, versatile style, unbeatable by far. From the first moment I played "YOU'VE GOT A FRIEND", I was amazed at the way she could make me feel, just by the way she sings. Carol King penned this song and I'm so happy Ofra had the opportunity to breathe it new life.
Compared to the other Ofra CD I own, titled "DESERT WIND"...there's simply NO comparison. It's like night & day. As "DESERT WIND" was very 80's influenced with light keyboards & not much bass..."OFRA HAZA" is heavier with a richer sound & more color. And...the songs on this CD are easier to listen to. The vocals, production & arrangements are genious, from start to finish. Here, we're hearing Ofra at her best. The melodies FIT Ofra's voice & tone perfectly. Too bad the CD is so short, because I could listen to it all day! If you want to give an ususpecting music lover an unforgettable gift, go and buy this CD for them!
01. Show Me
03. Im Nin Alu-2000
04. Sixth Sense
05. My Ethiopian Boy
07. No Time to Hate
08. You've Got a Friend
10. Give Me a Sign
11. One Day
Like I said...this gift is definitely worth every penny and should be in every true music lover's CD collection. I had 5 mp3s from this CD and couldn't find more. But now, my search is over because I own this remarkable album. Ofra by far, beats Natacha Atlas & Sarah Brightman. I am a fan of Sarah Brightman too, and I agree with another reviewer. Ofra's voice is heartwrenching and she sounds like she's singing past tears. To sing so beautiful, you have to be born with the talent. Since I've discovered Ofra, I don't believe there's another female artist who can meet Ofra's talent standards!"
My favourite album of all time
Mario John Glover | 03/02/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"i fell in love with ofra and her voice the first time i heard her .my first cd of ofra was desert wind which was given to me as a gift.i couldnt stop playing it.this 1997 album from ofra though is just perfect.i think all the songs are just great and if i had to pick 1 or 2 out which is difficult enough i think they would be "the sixth sense" which to me is the most beautiful song ever made and "no time to hate".from all cds that i own this is the absolute number one of them all.
this album will lift you up when down,it may even bring a few tears.if you are not familiar with ofra haza you must buy this album,you will not stop playing it.
ofra haza is an angel.she sings like an angel and i wish she was still with us making us happy with her music and songs.
I love you ofra haza"