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Ofra Haza

1957 - 2000

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Ofra Haza (Hebrew: עפרה חזה; 19 November 1957 – 23 February 2000) was an Israeli singer, songwriter and actress, commonly known in the Western world as "the Madonna of the East", or "the Israeli Madonna". Her voice has been described as a "tender" mezzo-soprano. In 2023, Rolling Stone ranked Haza at number 186 on its list of the 200 Greatest Singers of All Time.Of Mizrahi Jewish (Yemenite-Jewish) descent, Haza's music is known as a mixture of traditional Middle Eastern and commercial singing styles, fusing elements of Eastern and Western instrumentation, orchestration and dance-beat, as well as lyrics from Mizrahi and Jewish folk tales and poetry. By the late 1980s, Haza was an internationally successful artist, achieving large success in Europe and the Americas and appearing regularly on MTV. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Ofra Haza has received more than 1,939,052 page views. Her biography is available in 47 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 43 in 2019). Ofra Haza is the 181st most popular singer (down from 170th in 2019), the 108th most popular biography from Israel (up from 115th in 2019) and the most popular Israeli Singer.

Ofra Haza was a singer and actress from Israel. She was most famous for her song "Im Nin'alu" which became a hit in the 1980s.

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Among singers, Ofra Haza ranks 181 out of 3,528Before her are Esma Redžepova, Manu Chao, Sofia Rotaru, Falco, David Coverdale, and Anna German. After her are Bryan Ferry, Neil Diamond, Zarah Leander, Tori Amos, Joan Sutherland, and Anna Netrebko.

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Among people born in 1957, Ofra Haza ranks 24Before her are Melanie Griffith, Aki Kaurismäki, Stefan Löfven, Steve Buscemi, Carole Bouquet, and Falco. After her are Paul Kagame, Richard E. Grant, Dr. Alban, Ai Weiwei, Kelly McGillis, and Rumiko Takahashi. Among people deceased in 2000, Ofra Haza ranks 33Before her are Sirimavo Bandaranaike, Frederick Herzberg, Arkan, Lila Kedrova, Anatoly Sobchak, and Gino Bartali. After her are John Gielgud, Bettino Craxi, Merton Miller, Princess María de las Mercedes of Bourbon-Two Sicilies, Saburō Sakai, and Leonid Rogozov.

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In Israel

Among people born in Israel, Ofra Haza ranks 108 out of 430Before her are Canaan (null), Natalie Portman (1981), Philip the Evangelist (100), Gene Simmons (1949), Abu Nidal (1937), and Isaac Herzog (1960). After her are Aaron Ciechanover (1947), George Habash (1926), Nahum (-600), Simeon of Jerusalem (100), Yitzhak Navon (1921), and Shimon bar Yochai (1).

Among SINGERS In Israel

Among singers born in Israel, Ofra Haza ranks 1After her are Dana International (1969), Esther Ofarim (1941), Carmela Corren (1938), Achinoam Nini (1969), Naomi Shemer (1930), Arik Einstein (1939), Gali Atari (1953), Izhar Cohen (1951), Yasmin Levy (1975), Rika Zaraï (1938), and Ishtar (1968).