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Ofra Haza is from Yemen and was born in 1957. Many scholars consider the Yemenite Jewish community to be among the most ancient. They lived under a harsh government. Many families immigrated to Palestine. Ofra and her family walked to Israel. The songs are traditional Yemenite songs written in the 16th century by a Spanish Jew, Rabbi Shalom Shabazi. Yemenite Jews were not allowed to play musical instruments. Instead, they hammered on petrol cans and on trays. You can hear Chaim Gispan play this type of percussion. Ofra brings us close to antiquity with her evocative voice.
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Michael Hawes was born in Texas, raised in Louisiana and lives in British Columbia.