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Studio album by Ofra Haza
Released February 25, 1992
Recorded Microplant (Los Angeles), Conway, Devonshire[disambiguation needed], Record Plant, Bee Studio (Bahiya, Brazil)
Genre Progressive electronic dance music, World music, Jewish music
Length 43:46
Label East West Records, Warner Music Group
Producer Don Was, Ofra Haza, and Bezalel Aloni
Ofra Haza chronology
Desert Wind
Ofra Haza
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
For the area in Tel Aviv, see HaKirya. For other articles beginning with Kiryat-, see Special:Allpages/Kiryat.

Kirya (an ancient Hebrew nickname for Jerusalem) was Ofra Haza's 1992 follow-up to the internationally successful Shaday (1988) and Desert Wind (1989). Building on her successful blend of European pop and traditional Middle Eastern sounds, the album was a logical next step for Haza. Musically, it applied the sensibilities of pop producer Don Was to traditional song writing and instrumentation; lyrically, it delivered powerful themes of longing, joy, and the plight of the downtrodden in several languages, much like Haza's earlier work.

Along with producer Was, Haza was joined by other Western musicians, including a featured duet with Iggy Pop on "Daw Da Hiya", a song about a girl sentenced to death for becoming pregnant out of wedlock while the man responsible remains free. Music videos were made for two of the album's tracks, "Daw Da Hiya" and "Innocent" - "A Requiem for Refugees".

In 1993, the album was nominated for a Grammy in the "Best World Music Album" category, an achievement which to this day has not been matched by any other Israeli singer.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Kirya" (Traditional, Haza, Aloni) - 6:11
  2. "Horashoot – The Bridge" (Traditional, Ben Amram, Haza, Aloni) - 3:46
  3. "Innocent" – A Requiem for Refugees (Haza, Aloni) - 4:46
  4. "Trains of No Return" (Haza, Aloni) - 4:15
  5. "Mystery Faith and Love" (Haza, Aloni) - 5:24
  6. "Daw Da Hiya" (featuring Iggy Pop) (Haza, Aloni, Morriss) - 4:55
  7. "Don't Forsake Me" (Traditional, Shabazi, Haza, Aloni) - 4:35
  8. "Barefoot" (Haza, Aloni) - 5:14
  9. "Take 7/8" (Amram, Haza, Aloni) - 4:35
  10. "Today I'll Pray" (Bonus track certain editions) (Haza, Aloni) - 4:33




  • Don Was - record producer
  • Ofra Haza - producer
  • Bezalel Aloni - producer
  • Recorded at Microplant, Conway, Devonshire, England; Record Plant Studios, Los Angeles, California; Bee Studio, Bahia, Brazil.