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Thursday, 3 April 2008

Inside the Heart בתוך הלב داخل القلب ♪ Zehava Ben זהבה בן زهافه بن

Album : Inside the Heart בתוך הלב داخل القلب
Artist : Zehava Ben זהבה בן زهافه بن
Country :Israel-Morocco المغرب-اسرائيل
Melodies :
(01) שחק אותה קוסם Do It Magician
(02) פשוט ואמיתי Plane and Simple
(03) בתוך הלב Inside the Heart
(04) אתה הולך You Leave
(05) חיה בשבילך Live For You
(06) תגיד לי מותק Tell Me Baby
(07) לפעמים אני צוחקת Sometimes I Laugh
(08) תן לי סימן Give Me A Sign
(09) אני עוד שרה לאבי I Still Sing To My Father
(10) אוהבת עוזבת Loving Leaving
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Zehava Ben was born on the 8th of November 1968 in Beersheva. She is one of the most popular Israeli female vocalists in the Mizrahi genre, the Turkish style of singing which has come to dominate Oriental music in the '90s. She was born in the capital city of Southern Israel (The Negev), Beersheva, in a poverty, crime and drug struck neighborhood. Her humble origins and petite build mask an extraordinary talent. Zehava became familiar in 1990, when the title track of a film she took part in, called Tipat Mazal (A bit of luck), became a hit all over Israel, mostly among the Ex-Asian and Ex-North African population.
With her mesmerising voice she sings songs from the repertory of the Maria Callas of the Arab world, the legendary diva Umm Kalthoum. Accompanied by the Haifa Arab Music Orchestra conducted by Suheil Raduan, she wins over even the most fanatic Umm Kalthoum fans with her interpretations of such classic and complex songs as El-atlall and Inta Oumri.
Enthusiasm for Zehava Ben's program is spreading quickly and she and the orchestra have been invited to a number of festivals in Europe including Stockholm, Montpellier, and Paris (Theatre de la Ville). Last year she was THE major attraction, and got a standing ovation, at the international world renown world-music Sfinks Festival in Boechout.

Zehava is very proud of her Moroccan heritage, and most of her music is quite distinctive of that. She has appeared in many music festivals outside Israel, namely in Sweden and France. Zehava is also popular in the Middle-East, even if her music is banned due to her Israeli origin. In 1996 she appeared in the election campaign for 'Meretz' (left wing civil rights movement), singing the famous Shir lashalom (Song for peace).
One of her famous songs is Ma Yihye (What will be) from 1994, which is included in the Buddha Bar collection.
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