Achinoam Nini. Napoli-Tel-Aviv (2006)
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Number of CD(s) in package: 1
2. Nini Kanji
3. A Cartulina e Napule
4. Santa Lucia Luntana
5. Tammurriata Nera
7. Torna A Surriento
8. Era de Maggio
9. Alla Fiera De Mast'andrea
10. I' te Vurria Vasa'
11. Sia Maledetta L’Acqua
12. Villanella ch’all’acqua vai
13. Fenesta Vascia
14. Nonna Nonna
All songs translated to hebrew by Gil Dor, except 2, 5 and 9 by Dan Almagor.
All arrangments by Gil Dor and the Solis String Quarter.
The text below is an English translation of the part of the introduction to "Napoli-Tel-Aviv" written originally in Hebrew by Noa and Gil.
"In recent years, due to our numerous performances with the great Solis String Quartet from Naples (with whom we also recorded and album and DVD at a live concert in Holon) we learnt many Neapolitan songs and made a special project of these songs as a type of gesture in gratitude to our Italian audience that has for years been accepting and embracing our music and ourselves with much love. We performed this project in Caserta near Naples. The audience loved it and we fell in love…with the songs, their beautiful melodies and magical harmonies, their tender humanity. We felt such a deep connection to these songs, to the scent of the sea and the yearning coming from them, to the “chutzpah” and the love for life, to the wandering and tears… that we just had to translate them into Hebrew. Gili started and Dan Almagor joined him. When the results arrived we understood that the songs had just been waiting to convert to Judaism and to make Aliyah to Israel, and now they are ours … and yours." Since June 2003 when Achinoam Nini (or Noa, as she is known outside Israel) first performed with Gil Dor and the solis string quartet they made a unique combination of musical instruments and musical styles which was a great success leading to hundreds of concerts in Europe. Known in Israel by her given name Achinoam Nini, Noa is Israel's leading international concert and recording artist. Born in Tel-Aviv in 1969, Noa lived in NYC from age 2 until her return to Israel alone at the age of 17. Her family is originally from Yemen. After serving the mandatory two years in the Israeli Army in a military entertainment unit, Noa studied music at the Rimon School where she met her long-time partner and collaborator Gil Dor. Noa's strongest influences come from the singer-songwriters of the 60s, like Paul Simon, Joni Mitchell and Leonard Cohen. These musical and lyrical sensibilities, combined with Noa's Yemenite roots and Gil Dor's strong background in Jazz, Classical and Rock, have created Noa and Gil's unique sound, manifested in hundreds of songs written and performed together. Noa plays percussion, guitar and piano. She is married to Dr. Asher Barak, they have two children, Ayehli and Enea, and live in Israel. Noa is a singer who tries to enjoy both wolds of popular and classical music, mixed together in her own unique style.