Yafa Yarkoni, doyenne of Israeli song, is deadmain
The last of the founding singers of Israeli popular song died today in Tel Aviv, aged 86. She had been suffering from Alzheimers for several years.
photo: Saar Ya’akov
Yafa came to prominence in the 1948 war of Independence with ‘Green Eyes’ and Bab el-Wad.
She was identified ever after as a muse the nation turned to in times of war. She lost her first husband in the Jewish Brigade in Italy in 1945.
Her chief rival as vocal icon was Shoshana Damari, who died in 2006. Both had low voices, Yarkoni baritonal, Damari genuinely deep.
Here she is, in her prime, singing Dona, Dona.