” Im Nin’Alu ” is by Ofra Haza ( Bat-Sheva Ofra Haza-Ashkenazi ), who was an Israeli singer and actress.
Ofra took inspiration from her love of Yemenite Jewish and Hebrew culture. A talented artist, her music crossed the divide and became famous the World over and somehow bridged the gap between Israel and the Arab countries.
Ofra could switch between traditional and more commercial singing styles, done with such skill that it didn’t jeopardise her credibility as an artist. Her style music fused elements of Eastern and Western instrumentation, orchestration and dance-beat.
Her first album, Al Ahavot Shelanu ( About Our Loves ), was released in 1980, later in her career, Ofra, gained critical acclaim for many of her albums including Fifty Gates of Wisdom, Desert Wind, Kirya and Ofra Haza.
In addition to her success in Israel, she became a successful recording artist in Europe and the Americas. She earned many Platinum and Gold discs during her singing career. Ofra died on the 23rd of February 2000, at the age of 42, of AIDS-related pneumonia. The then Prime Minister Ehud Barak said after her death ” Ofra emerged from the Hatikvah slums to reach the peak of Israeli culture. She has left a mark on us all. ”
” Im Nin’Alu ” was initially a cappella intro for her album; the single was released in 1987 by record label Teldec ( Warner Music Group ) and features as the original version on her album, Yemenite Songs.
The song was recorded at the DB Studios, Tel Aviv and produced by Bezalel Aloni and Izhar Ashdot. Bezalel was the longtime manager and producer of Ofra; he is often credited with discovering her talent when she was just twelve years old. Izhar is an Israeli singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer. He is a co-founding member of T-Slam, the Israeli rock band.
” Im Nin’Alu ” is based on a Hebrew poem by the 17th-century Rabbi Shalom Shabazi. Born in 1619, Rabbi Shalom Shabazi is considered to be the ” Poet of Yemen “. The poem opens with the words “Im nin’alu daltei n’divim daltei marom lo nin’alu ” roughly translated as ” Even if the gates of the rich are closed, the gates of heaven will never be closed. ”
The song was a commercial success for Ofra. In the United States, it reached number fifteen on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart. In the United Kingdom, ” Im Nin’Alu ” entered the UK Singles Chart on the 30th of April 1988 and reached a peak of number fifteen. It spent two weeks in the Top Twenty and a total of eight weeks on the UK chart.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: N/A
UK Highest Chart Position: 15
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40) 2, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 14, Finland (Suomen virallinen lista) 1, France (SNEP) 6, Germany (Official German Charts) 1, Ireland (IRMA) 16, Netherlands (Single Top 100) 29, Norway (VG-lista) 1, Spain (AFYVE) 1, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 2, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 1
Official Website / Fan site: Imninalu.net
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/Ofra-Haza
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