Monday, 26 March 2018
Ofra Haza's Im Nin'alu (a version of a 17th century Hebrew poem) was a genuine crossover hit, one of the first songs from what used to be called World Music to be bought in large quantities by western audiences. Im Nin'alu is also a widely sampled record that played a significant role in the development of the American hip hop scene and the birth of UK house music.
Ofra Haza first recorded her version in 1984 although she had performed it on an Israeli TV show back in 1978. Eric B and Rakim sampled the famous vocal part for their 1987 song Paid In Full. In 1988 a reworked version, inspired by Eric B and Rakim's, crossed over in various countries, not least West Germany where it was number one for nine weeks. Following that MARRS may or may not have re-sampled it for their groundbreaking number one record in August 1987, Pump Up The Volume. Public Enemy used it in 1991 on Can't Truss It, but it's fair to say it was possibly a little overplayed by then. Ofra re-recorded it in 1997 and 2008 but it's this version, snapped up by the remixers and producers of 1988, that is the keeper.
Im Nin'alu (Played In Full Mix)