Shoshana Damari

Born in Yemen, Shoshana Damari was brought to Palestine by her parents as a toddler. While still a child she joined her mother as they entertained at family gatherings and community events. By the age of 14 she was already performing regularly on the radio.

Her exotic beauty, along with her distinctive husky voice and Yemenite accent brought a uniquely Middle Eastern flavor to mainstream Israeli music which had previously been totally dominated by Eastern European influences. During the fight for Israeli independence she frequently performed for the troops. Her inspiring renditions of fighting songs made her a favorite of Israeli soldiers. She became especially well-known for her association with Israeli composer, Moshe Wilensky.

When she died the Knesset released a statement that, “Her voice [had] unified the whole nation and spread optimism and hope.”

During her first American concert tour in 1949 she recorded Voice of Israel, an album of her favorite concert numbers. This album along with several live performances recorded from Vistas of Israel radio broadcasts comprise the JSA’s online collection of recordings by Shoshana Damari.


Music in this collection courtesy of Shoulsong for Voice of Israel. All other recordings courtesy of Vistas of Israel.

Total: 85

25 Years of Israel in Songs
25 Years of Song from Israel
30 Years of Israel in 30 Songs
A Meeting Such as This (Such a Meeting)
Ani Mitsfat; Hatizkor
Arise Ye and Let Us Go Up to Zion
Artzeinu Haktantonet - Songs of the Fifties
Ashkelon; Wine Song (Shir Hayyim)
Bat-Sheva; Hakrav Ha'acharon
Bekharmey Teyman; Haroa Min Hagay
Chants D'Israel
Chants Hebraiques
Chants of Israel
Dodi yarad legano
Echos D'Israel Dodi Li / Kol Dodi
Elohim Eshala
Golden Songs of Israel
Haifa in Hi-Fi
Haifa in Hi-Fi
Haifa in Hi-Fi
Hatender Nossea
Hava Nagila Festival
Hava Nagila Festival
Hayu Zmanim
Hineh Ma Tov
Holiday In Israel
Hora Mamteyra
Israel Folk Songs
Israel Lives
Israel Musical Comedy 5/5
Israel Song Festival 1972
Israeli Favorites
Israeli Folk Songs
Israeli Highlights
Israeli Romantic Songs
Israeli Songs - Volume 1
Jerusalem 3000 in Songs
Lamnatzeyach Shir Mizmor - Oriental Song Competiti...
Mizmorim - Sephardic Songs - Liturgical and Secula...
Moledet Songs
More of Israel Greatest Hits
Oriental Gems
Rad Halaylah
Shalom, Chaver (Goodbye, My Friend)
Shoshana Damari
Shoshana Damari
Shoshana Damari
Shoshana Damari
Shoshana Damari - Light
Shoshana Damari In Concert 1980
Shoshana Damari in Israel Songs Ballads and Chanso...
Shoshana Damari Sings Israeli Favorites
Shoshana Damari sings Songs of Israel
Shoshana Damari With Orchestra
Shulamit - Selections from the first Israeli Opere...
Sights of Israel
Signposts - 31 Beautiful Israeli Songs
Songs from Vistas of Israel
Songs of Israel
Songs of Jerusalem
Songs of Nathan Alterman
Songs of Yerushalayim
Sounds and Stars to Remember
Souvenir of Israel
Special Program II: Folk Songs of Israel
The Great Songs of the Last 30 Years
The Pillar Of Fire
The Songs We Love
The Songs We Loved
The Very Best of Israel
Voice of Israel
VZL 192: Folk Songs of Israel
VZL 236: Songs of Israel
VZL 266: Songs of Israel
We Sing for You
Zecharya Ben Ezra