Yemenite Songs

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Yemenite Songs
Ofra Haza - Yemenite Songs.jpg
Studio album by Ofra Haza
Released November 1984
Length 38:12
Label Hed Arzi
Globe Style Records
Shanachie Records
Producer Bezalel Aloni, Benny Nagari
Ofra Haza chronology
Yemenite Songs
Alternative Cover
Fifty Gates of Wisdom
Fifty Gates of Wisdom
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Yemenite Songs (Hebrew: שירי תימן‎) is a 1984 album by Ofra Haza, in which the Israeli pop star returned to her roots interpreting traditional Yemeni Jewish songs with lyrics coming from the poetry of 16th century Rabbi Shalom Shabazi. The album was recorded with both traditional and modern musical instruments; wooden and metal percussion, Yemenite tin and tambala, strings, brass and woodwind as well as drum machines and synthesizers. The songs are sung in Hebrew with a Yemenite dialect and in Arabic.

The opening song "Im Nin' Alu"'s a cappella intro would eventually become the starting point of Haza's international career as it was sampled by a number of European and American rap and dance acts like Eric B. & Rakim on their "Paid In Full" and M|A|R|R|S on "Pump Up the Volume" which led to Haza releasing a dance remix of her own recording in 1988 (subtitled Played In Full) which became a pop chart hit in many parts of the world. Remixes of both "Im Nin' Alu" and "Galbi" were included on the first international album Shaday.

In US, the album has been released under the title Fifty Gates of Wisdom (Yemenite Songs) having a slightly different track order.[2]

Track listing[edit]

Side A:

  1. "Im Nin 'Alu" (Shabazi) - 5:18
  2. "Yachilvi Veyachali" (Shabazi) - 3:27
  3. "A 'Salk" (Shabazi, Traditional) - 4:45
  4. "Tzur Mentati"/"Se'i Yona"/"Sapri Tama" (Ben-Amram, Shabazi, Traditional) - 5:44

Side B:

  1. "Galbi" (Amram, Shabazi) 4:14
  2. "Ode Le-Eli" (Shabazi, Traditional) - 3:31
  3. "Lefelach Harimon" (Shabazi, Traditional) 5:08
  4. "Ayelet Chen" (Shabazi) - 6:30