Ofra Haza (Hebrew: עפרה חזה, Arabic: عوفرة حازة‎; November 19, 1957 – February 23, 2000) was an Israeli singer, actress and international recording artist.

Rachel Bluwstein (1890 – 1931) was one of the prominent poets during the revival of the Hebrew language.

Bluwstein and Haza were both incredibly gifted women who died prematurely. Both were not only victims of their diseases, but also victims of social stigmas regarding their diseases (tuberculosis and AIDS). It may be the case that unless these stigmas, Ofra would have been with us today.

The poem Zemer Nugeh (a.k.a Hatishma Koli) was composed several times. Here Ofra performs Joe Moustaki’s melody (originally sung by the Parvarim duo). The song became most famous with Shmulik Kraus’s music, as performed by the High Windows triplet: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEF1Ju_3Jzg

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