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OFRA HAZA, DEAD AT 41

Yemenite pop singer Ofra Haza died this past Wednesday of organ failure at a hospital in Tel Aviv.Her introduction to the Western pop world came from vocal samples used in "Pump Up the Volume" by M|A|R|R|S and the Coldcut remix of "Paid in Full" by Eric B and Rakim. These got the attention of Sire Records and her first albums were released in the USA and Europe. Her most heard vocal performance, however was that of Moses' mother in "The Prince of Egypt." She will be missed.