GLOBAL CONNECTIONS: the Near/Middle East
February 23, 2000: Ofra Haza, Yemeni-Israeli singer, dies.

Ofra Haza's sound, a mix of traditional songs and dance beats, made her an international star. She was nominated for a Grammy Award in the World Beat category in 1992 and even performed at the 1994 Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo at the request of Israeli prime minister Yitzhak Rabin. Shimon Peres and Ehud Barak deliver eulogies at Haza's funeral.

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NPR reports from Jerusalem on a furor over AIDS and privacy touched off by reports that a popular Israeli singer died of the disease. (March 2000)