Hava Nagila” ( הבה נגילה Havah Nagilah, "Let us rejoice") is a Jewish traditional folk song in Hebrew, that has become a staple of band performers at Jewish weddings and Bar/ Bat Mitzvahs.
The melody was taken from a folk dance-song from
Bucovina (a variant of Hora). It uses the [1 ] Phrygian dominant scale. The commonly used text was probably composed by Abraham Zevi (Zvi) Idelsohn [2 ] in 1918 to celebrate the [3 ] British victory in Palestine during World War I as well as the Balfour Declaration. Psalm 118 (verse 24) of the Hebrew Bible was the source of Hava Nagila. [ ] citation needed
Hava nagila ve-nismeḥa הבה נגילה ונשמחה
Let's rejoice and be happy
Hava neranenah ve-nismeḥa הבה נרננה ונשמחה
Let's sing and be happy
Uru, uru aḥim! !עורו, עורו אחים
Awake, awake, brothers!
Uru aḥim be-lev sameaḥ עורו אחים בלב שמח
Awake brothers with a happy heart
repeat line four times)
Uru aḥim, uru aḥim! !עורו אחים, עורו אחים
Awake, brothers, awake, brothers!
Be-lev sameaḥ בלב שמח
With a happy heart
Note: The “
ḥ” can be pronounced as a voiceless pharyngeal fricative [ħ] (as in Classical Hebrew) or a voiceless uvular fricative [χ], as “ ch” as in Bach (Modern Hebrew pronunciation).
Notable performers [ edit ]
Abraham Zvi Idelsohn produced the first commercial recording in 1922 on the Polyphon Record label as part of a series which recorded 39 Hebrew folk songs. [4 ] Singer
Harry Belafonte is known for his version of the song , which was recorded for his album in 1959. He rarely gave a concert without singing it and stated that his two “stand out” songs are “ Belafonte at Carnegie Hall The Banana Boat Song” and “Hava Nagila”. Belafonte explained: “Life is not worthwhile without it. Most Jews in America learned that song from me.” [5 ] Harry Belafonte's version also sang it in a comedy scene in [6 ] Tamil Movie Mozhi
Irving Fields [5 ]
Josephine Baker recorded a version during her Havana sessions
Frank Slay recorded an instrumental rock 'n' roll arrangement titled "Flying Circle" that was a #45 U.S. hit in 1962.
Chubby Checker [5 ]
Connie Francis [5 ]
Dick Dale and the Del Tones ( surf-rock) [5 ]
Glen Campbell [5 ]
Celia Cruz [5 ]
Bob Dylan [5 ]
Lena Horne [5 ]
Jon Lord of Deep Purple included Hava Nagila in his solo keyboard improvisations before 'You Fool No one' track..)))... in concert, as heard on Made in Europe (1975). [7 ]
Jeff Garlin sings Hava Nagila on Daddy Day Care
Raphael [8 ]
Penta [9 ]
Dalida [10 ]
Neil Diamond, in addition to having performed Hava Nagila in such of his shows as his 1994 Live In America concert, incorporated it into a memorable scene in the 1980 version of [11 ] in which he acted out a cantor with popular-music ambitions. The Jazz Singer,
Brave Combo [12 ] American thrash metal band
Anthrax sampled Hava Nagila's main melody at the beginning of their song . I'm the Man
Finnish power metal band Sonata Arctica usually ends its shows performing a humorous song, usually referred to as The Vodka Song, played on the tune of Hava Nagila. [13 ] At a sold-out show in
Tel Aviv, Israel on June 16, 2009, American progressive metal band Dream Theater performed a cover of Hava Nagila. [14 ]
Regina Spektor includes a performance of the song as the outro of her song "The Flowers".
The Spotnicks ( instrumental rock)
moe. Dr. Stan's Prescription Pt. 1
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes played two versions of the song on their album Ruin Jonny's Bar Mitzvah. Merima Njegomir,notable Serbian folk singer
Usage in sports [ edit ]
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ A. Idelsohn "Jewish Music: its historical development", p.12
^ Yudelson, Larry. "Who wrote Havah Nagilah?". RadioHazak. Larry Yudelson. Archived from the original on 2008-07-29 . Retrieved 2007-11-08.
^ In an appearance on BBC Radio 4 , Desert Island Discs on 28 October 2007 Joel Joffe referred to his grandfather Abraham Zevi Idelsohn as the author of "Hava Nagila", but in the programme notes it says "Composer: Bashir Am Israelim", meaning that either this is an alias for Abraham Zevi Idelsohn, to whom Joffe was clearly referring in the programme, or (more plausibly) the programme notes contain a mis-transcription of "Shir Am Yisraeli", meaning "Israeli folksong".
^ a b c d e f g h i "Hava Nagila, What Is It? (Part I)" at YouTube
^ Leland, John. Hip: The History, HarperCollins, 2004, p. 206.
^ "Set Lists 1968 to 1976". The Highway Star . Retrieved 2012-06-18.
^  Raphael sings "Hava Nagila" at Youtube
^  Neo Cheezy (2007)
^ DALIDA Hava nagila 2, at Youtube
^ Neil Diamond Live In America 1994, at Youtube
^ "Hava Nagila Twist", on The Hokey Pokey:Organized Dancing (1991)
^ "Hava Nagila" by Sonata Arctica in a Tokyo concert, at Youtube
^ Dream Theater: vídeo de música judaica no show em Israel, luew, 19/06/09
^ Kvelling for Aly Raisman on Salon. Retrieved 8 August 20112
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