Friday, September 20, 2013

September 20: Israeli singer Sarit Hadad is 35-years-old today.

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Sarit Hadad was born as Sarah Khudadatov in the town of Afula, Israel in a large traditional Mountain Jewish and Tunisian family that later moved to the city of Hadera. Hadad comes from a musical family and was recognized as a child prodigy. She began performing at the age of eight.

When she was ten years old, she participated in the contest of young talents, where she performed on the piano. She also played the organ, guitar, accordion, and darbuka. She then played the piano at a local club without telling her parents.

In  addition to classical piano, she taught herself to play the organ, guitar, accordion, and a Middle Eastern drum known as the darbuka. At the age of 15, she joined the Hadera Youth Band. When she was 16 she was discovered by Avi Gueta, who is still her manager.

Hadad's career as a pop singer has seen many of her songs topping the Israeli charts. Israeli Television selected her to represent Israel in the Eurovision Song Contest 2002. The song, "Nadlik Beyakhad Ner (Light A Candle)" came in 12th place.

In 2004, she collaborated with David D'Or to record the DVD Pets in Tunes. In December 2006, Hadad drew crowds in New York, Miami, and Los Angeles with her "Sing with Sarit" tour.

Hadad typically performs Mizrahi music, often employing Arabic lyrics. Hadad does not perform on Shabbat and Jewish holidays, except when she performed at the Eurovision Song Contest 2002 on Saturday, 25 May 2002 (Shabbat).

Photo by Neukoln-Wikipedia
Sarit Hadad sings in multiple languages, including; French, English, Arabic, Georgian, Circassian, Bulgarian, Turkish, Greek and Hebrew. She was the first Israeli to perform (professionally) in Jordan.

In October 2009, the Israeli Music TV Channel (Channel 24) crowned Hadad "best female singer of the 2000s. She is a judge in the inaugural eason of The Voice Israel on Israeli television.
For more about Sarit, visit her Website at –


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