Tuesday, 27 September 2011

The Tragic Tale Of Ofra Haza

Ofra Haza (1957 - 2000) was a Yemeni singer, one of my favourites, her album "Shaday" is in my personal top 100.


Apparently, her premature death was a result of being infected with AIDS by her sleaze-bag manager.

So beautiful, and so young...




6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hi
Ofra Haza was a Yemenite Jew from Israel. Her parents were both born in Yemen and immigrated to Israel.
She was the youngest of a large poor family.
She did not contract aids from her manager. He is alive and well and still championing Ofra's music.
If you get a chance listen to Debka Abaya and Yad Anuga (Gentle Hand)
Regards

Freg said...

Thanks for this. I had been lead to believe that she died from AIDS. Am i wrong?

I will listen to Debka Abaya and Anuga, i loved this woman's music....

Anonymous said...

Hi Freg,

She did indeed die of AIDS related complications. Such a shame.

If you are a Led Zeppelin fan, even if your not, might I suggest a cover of Kashmir by Ofra. It is much more organic than the Zep version. Here is a link.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu5Cgb6Yy4Y

Regards again
Rich

Freg said...

I am a very big fan of Led Zeppelin, and "Kashmir" is one of my favourites of their songs. And Ofra's version is magic.

Thanks for bringing it to my attention

Anonymous said...

Doron Ashkenazi her husband infected her with AIDS

Freg said...

Yes, i have since learned that i was very wrong. I did not do my research.

Thanks!