Maybe everyone has to go to a Sarit Hadad concert at least once to experience the love her countryfolk lavish on this Afula-born singer.
Raised in an Israeli family with ties to the Jews of the eastern Caucasus, Hadad was recognized as a child prodigy who taught herself how to play the piano, guitar, accordion, organ and darbuka, and snuck out of her house as a young teen to play at local clubs.
Now 34, Hadad sings in Hebrew, Arabic, Circassian, French and several other languages, does not perform on Shabbat and Jewish holidays, and is considered one of Israel’s most popular female singers. Voted best female singer of the 2000s by Israeli music TV channel 24, she is also one of the judges on the Israeli version of the television show “The Voice.”
At a concert Thursday night held in Park Ariel Sharon, the ecological park being constructed on the former Hiriya garbage dump off of Route 4 in the country’s center, her audience of 2,300 fans seemed to know every word of every one of the songs Hadad chose… from her 21 albums. All she had to do was sing, ask how the crowd was doing and mention the fact that the weather is definitely getting cooler to cue delirious adulation.
As for her long, flowing, blond locks, this reporter happened to catch a glimpse of Hadad getting her hair and makeup done before the show, and now knows that she uses extensions. That said, she evidently didn’t mind using the offices of the park as her dressing room for the evening. She’s a hometown kind of gal.
Here’s a Hanukkah gift that sparks knowledge and insight about Israel and the Jewish people.
A Times of Israel Community gift membership entitles your recipient to one full year of membership benefits, at a special discounted price.
We’re really pleased that you’ve read X Times of Israel articles in the past month.
That’s why we come to work every day - to provide discerning readers like you with must-read coverage of Israel and the Jewish world.
So now we have a request. Unlike other news outlets, we haven’t put up a paywall. But as the journalism we do is costly, we invite readers for whom The Times of Israel has become important to help support our work by joining The Times of Israel Community.
For as little as $6 a month you can help support our quality journalism while enjoying The Times of Israel AD-FREE, as well as accessing exclusive content available only to Times of Israel Community members.