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Name: Ofra Haza  
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Date of Birth: 23rd February 1957
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Profession: Singer
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Ofra Haza (עָפְרָה חָזָה born November 19, 1957, died February 23, 2000) was a popular Yemenite Israeli singer.

She made her international debut at the Eurovision Song Contest 1983, which she very narrowly failed to win for Israel with the song "Chai". Ofra Haza had a worldwide hit in 1988 with "Im Nin' Alu" from the album Shaday. She released many albums including, Ofra Haza (1997), Fifty Gates of Wisdom and many children's song albums.

Her international hits also included "Temple of Love (Touched by the Hand of Ofra Haza)" with the Leeds-based post-punk band The Sisters of Mercy in 1992, and "My Love Is for Real" with Paula Abdul in 1995. She also sang in the animated film The Prince of Egypt (1998), and "The Governess"(199?).

Her Israeli hits include "Shir ha-Frekha" ("The Teaser Song"), or "The Tart", the theme from the movie Shlager, in which she also acted) and "le-Orekh ha-Yam" ("Along the Shore").

Haza, who came from the poor Tel Aviv neighborhood of Hatikvah, at one time almost a slum, was a success story and the subject of pride on behalf of many Israelis of Yemenite origin. She died of AIDS in 2000, having contracted the disease from a blood transfusion in 1980.


  • Ahavah Rishonah (with Shechunat Hatikvah Workshop Theatre)
  • Vehutz Mizeh Hakol Beseder (with Shechunat Hatikvah Workshop Theatre)
  • Atik Noshan (with Shechunat Hatikvah Workshop Theatre)
  • Shir HaShirim Besha'ashu'im (with Shechunat Hatikvah Workshop Theatre)
  • Al Ahavot Shelanu
  • Bo Nedaber
  • Petuyim
  • Hai
  • Bayt Ham
  • Adamah
  • Yamim Nishbarim
  • Shirey Teyman (Yemenite Songs / Fifty Gates of Wisdom)
  • Shaday
  • Shirey Moladet 1
  • Shirey Moladet 2
  • Shirey Moladet 3
  • Desert Wind
  • Montreux Jazz Festival (live)
  • Kirya
  • Kol Haneshamah
  • Queen in Exile (unreleased)
  • Ofra Haza


  • The Governess
  • The Prince of Egypt


  • Album HaZahav (Golden Album)
  • Manginat Halev
  • Manginat Halev 2


Year Title Chart positions Album
US Hot 100 US Modern Rock US Mainstream Rock UK
1988 "Im Nin' Alu" - #18 - - Shaday


  • Ofra Haza refused in 1990 to an offer by Michael Jackson to collaborate in a global tour.
  • British DJs Coldcut contributed to the succes of "Im Nina'lu" by using it in their remix of Eric B and Rakim's "Paid in Full".
  • Ofra Haza's voice had probably the most upper harmonic overtones of any singer in history, sometimes reaching as many as 32, in some songs such as "Love Song" from the album "Shaday" (1988).

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