Im Nin’alu Ofra Haza
Song Title: Im Nin’alu
Artist: Ofra Haza
Date of release: 1987
Description: ” 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 popular the World over and somehow bridged the divide between Israel and the Arab countries.
Ofra had the ability to switch between traditional and more commercial singing styles, done with such skill that it didn’t jeopardize 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 a number of 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 originally 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 long time manager and producer of Ofra, he is often credited with discovering her talent when she was just 12 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 the song reached number 15 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play Chart. In the United Kingdom the song entered the UK Singles Chart on the 30th of April 1988 and reached a peak of number 15. It spent 2 weeks in the top 20 and a total of 8 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
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/OfraHaza