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This compilation brings together the best of Hanna Ahroni's
songs over the years. Her repertoire integrates many
languages and musical styles. A Yemenite singer who
began her career at the age of ten, Hanna became an
international celebrity on the world stage and remains
1942- Ten year old Hanna meets composer Nachum Nardi, II
who rushes to sign a contract with the young singer.
With Nardi as her musical guide, Hanna begins to perform
gives concerts throughout Israel.
1948- Director Moshe Va]in asks Hanna to join his "Li La Lo" theater. The
15-year-old performs with leading
celebrities and sings "Zohara" and
"Zecharia Ben Ezra" which were
written for her and became her First
hits. She receives many offers to
perform outside the country but
declines them all in order to complete
1949- Hanna becomes composer
Emanuel Zamir's Foremost singer and
works with musical directors Gil
A]dema and Amitai Neeman. She
performs Zamir's Famous hits "Erev Sach" and "Hakotzrim
Heidad" and many others.
1951-3- Hanna Ahroni joins the Golani
division of the Israeli army and performs
with their musical troupe, which later
becomes the Northern Command Troupe.
1954-Hanna appears in the "Do-Re-Me"
theater at which time "Shchora Ani Vena'ava" (by Danie]]a
Bor) is written for her. The song requires a 4-octave range
and reveals Hanna's virtuoso talents. Her sinqing makes a
great impression in Israel and throughout the world and
marks a turning point in Hanna's career.
1956-7 Shows throughout Europe. Hanna is invited to
France. She performs in top casinos in Monte Carlo, Monaco,
Cannes etc., and appears on numerous television shows.
She performs at the renowned Olympia Theater and later
sings at the Brussels Concert Hall in Front oF the Queen,
who invites her to the Palace after the show. Praised by
Edith Piaf For her stage performance of the liturgical
piece, "Sheyibane Beit Hamikdash", Hanna is asked to
repeat the performance in a live television broadcast with
her. This prompts British television to ask Hanna to come
to Eng]and to perform with Chades Laughton. During this
period Hanna records albums For President, a
Vegas Yule Parisian record company.
1958- Hanna returns to Israel and performs to
sold out crowds throughout the country.
1959-62- Hanna records in Israel and New York
and is invited to perform in South America,
Venezue]a, Mexico City, Argentina and Canada.
In New York she appears at the Famous "Chateau Madrid" night
1963-5- Hanna arrives in the United States and meets her
personal manager and future husband, Chaim Tishman. America
gets its first Full taste oF Hanna. Under Chaim's management
she begins a concert tour of California and is qiven the key to
the city of Los Angeles by its mayor, with all the media in
attendance. She travels throuqhout the country
and her concert appearances sell out everywhere.
In order to further advance her international
career, Hanna and Chaim engage the services
of one oF America's most prominent arrangers,
H.B. Barnum, the creative genius behind Aretha
Franklin, as her musical director. Barnum
produces Hanna's first U.S. album, "A Taste of
Hanna", which is distributed by RCA and includes
a soul-stirring rendition of the theme From
"Exodus." The stellar sales of this album lead
to Hanna's performing in the night clubs and
concert halls Frequented by Sammy Davis Jr.,
Ray Charles, Eddie Fisher, Danny Kaye, Allen
King, Charles Aznavour, Enrico Macias and
many others. Hanna also appears on many
television shows including Johnny Carson, Merv
Griffin, Ed Sullivan and others In recognition
of her growing popularity, she stars in a 1-hour
television special with Paul Anka.
1966-The Famous "Caesar's Palace" opens in
LasVegas. Hanna is engaged for a month's
performance in the hotel's main theater, where
she is joined by Johnny Mathis and comedian Frank
Gorshin. Acclaimed by the critics, she is contracted
to perform there For two months during each of
the the next four years. It is at this
time that her daughter Keren is
born. This does not interfere withher signing long-term contracts
For appearancesn at prominent night clubs in Aruba, Puerto Rico, Curacao and elsewhere.
1967-72- Hanna hosts a series of TVshows, "An Hour With Hanna Ahroni,"
broadcast on Mexican, Venezuelan, Argentinean and Brazilian television.
She a]so appears in concert throuqhout the U.S. and Canada. She stars
with Harry Belafonte at the month-long celebration of the opening of the
luxurious Hilton Plaza in Miami.
In the midst of her concert tour the Six Day War erupts. Hanna cancels
all commitments and returns to her homeland
to perform For the soldiers and the wounded
in hospitals. She is asked to represent Israel
at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico. The O]ympic
Committee chooses her to be the "Face of
Peace" and puts her picture on billboards
throughout Mexico. She volunteers to perform
For the poor and becomes an icon in Mexico,
as people put her picture side by side with the
Virgin Mary and Jesus.
1971- Hanna appears at
Carnegie Hall and Lincoln
Center. She performs in both
of these halls Frequently over
the next 12 years.
After many refusals Hanna
agrees to appear on German
television. Immediately, thereafter she is approached by
German recording companies. She signs a long-term
contract with Polydor.
1972- Hanna goes to Frankfurt to record. The composer
of "Viva Espaffa asks her to record his song, which he
wrote in German For German tourists headed to Spain.
Hanna records it in German and it becomes a huge seller
in Europe. While on holiday
in Israel Hanna receives an urgent call to
return to Germany to record "Viva Espana"
in Spanish. This version becomes a worldwide Hit.
1973- The Yom Kippur War breaks out. Hanna
once again returns to Israel to perform for
the soldiers and the wounded. Contacting
them at Polydor in Germany the Spanish
government invites Hanna and her husband
to be their quests at a location of their
choosing in Spain, in appreciation of the
recognition that Hanna's recording of " Viva
Espana" has brought them. When the couple
arrives the Ministry oF Tourism realizes For
the First time they are Israeli. At this point
Spain is under Franco's rule, and relations
with Israel are chilly at best. Consequently
their scheduled press conference is
canceled, but Hanna and her husband are
nonetheless treated with reserved respect.
They enjoy their vacation in Spain, politics
1973-81- Hanna records additional albums
for Polydor. Residing in the U.S. she
performs in Mexico, South America, Europe,
Israel and throughout the States.
1981- Hanna is voted best Foreign singer in
1998- Hanna receives the Medal of Honor
From the Yemenite Federation of America
For being a singer who has greatly honored
her Yemenite roots.
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