Zion Golan

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Born In : Ashkelon, Israel
Web Site : www.facebook.com/tziongolan/

Singer Tzion Golan was born on October 6, 1955, to his parents Yosef and Yehudit in Gedlan, who immigrated to Israel from Yemen in the attic “On the Wings of Eagles.” He is married to Kochava, a teacher and holds a Master’s degree in Oral Law and Literature; Father of four children – Shimrit, Bat-El, Adir and Tamir; And to the grandchildren, so multiply.

As a child, his parents sent him to the Mari (the Yemenite teacher) where he studied reading, scoring rules, reasons and correct pronunciation.

From a very young age, Golan continued to sing Yemenite poetry, and began to perform as an amateur singer at various events, while he was careful to express the words correctly and curl professionally. Gradually his name began to walk ahead of him and he heard his departure outside his home town.

In 1971, at the age of 16, he participated in the “Southern Festival”, a poetry competition held in Ashkelon. In this festival, Golan performed the song “Sixteen filled the boy” by Gabi Shushan and won first place. This win served as a springboard for him in the subject of singing to the public, and the beginning of a glorious musical career. In 1974, when he enlisted in the Israel Defense Forces, he was accepted into the military rabbinate troupe, where he made his way to becoming the band’s lead singer.

Upon his release from the IDF in 1977, Zion participated in the “Yemenite Style Festival” held to mark the 350th anniversary of the birth of R. Shalom Shabazi, in which he performed the song “I saw in a dream.” In 1982 he participated in “The Dewan Festival” and won first place with his song “Ya Hazeli”.

In 1978, Golan issued a pre-premiere cassette entitled “Zion Golan – Original Yemenite Song, Caste No. 1”. This tape was recorded in a popular way, and was sold in thousands of copies, which surprised Zion and the producers. Following this recording, the Reuveni Brothers production company asked to produce Golan’s albums, and since then they have done this for decades.

This year, the “Sounds of the Golan” group is established, which has accompanied him in his performances ever since.

Golan’s debut album was released in 1980 as a double album. Two recordings were hijacked thanks to the hit Eden Eden. Afterward, Golan issued additional cassettes in Yemenite and stormed the status of the “undisputed ruler” in this field, a status he is still in today.

In 1982, Golan released his third album – “Terrible at Har Hamor”. The album includes some of his greatest hits, such as “Habibi”, “Allenby”, “Ayelet Ahavim” and more.

In 1983, Tzion married his wife, Kochba Amrani, to whom he dedicated the poem Bassem Allah, in which the phrase “Lakit al-Haliya bint al-amrani” appears (= I found the beautiful daughter of Amrani). By the way, a particularly fruitful collaboration was created between Zion and her mother, Naomi Amrani, who proved to be a gifted writer in the field of composition and writing, and is responsible for many of his great hits, such as “Av-Shimon” “Ba’al Kolok” “Ahibach” “Habibi” and more.
In that same year (1983) Golan released his fourth album – Ya Hazeli. The album included hits such as “Jeannie”, “Ya Hazeli”, “Avda Baman Ho”, and more.

In 1984, under the pressure of his friends and relatives, he took out a tape in Hebrew, “Naaleh Na’aleh”. Some of the best writers and composers such as Nurit Hirsh, Avihu Medina, Moshe Giat, Yoram Taharlev and others participated.
True to his path, Golan returned to record and publish songs in Yemen, and in 1985 he published his sixth album, Habib Kalbi. Like his previous albums in Yemenite, this album was also a production line for hits such as “Al-Ahad Day”, “Nesi Tool”, “Chard Manami” and more.

A year later, in 1986, Golan released his seventh album, “Ashorer Shir,” which includes the songs “Seli Kalbi”, “Ahavat Shadi”, “Ya Haviv” and more.

In 1987, Zion Golan won the “Yemenite Oscars” award, which he received at the Cinarama Hall in Tel Aviv from Israel Kaiser, Secretary-General of the Histadrut at the time, and was awarded the “Ten Years of Yemenite Poetry” Of the Jewish National Fund.

In 1988, Golan released his eighth album – “Time Ratzon / Ya Jamaa”. The most prominent hit on the album was “Ya Jamaa”.

In 1989 he produced a string album for the first time – “Yemenite Taste – in Yemenite Hits”. As in previous albums, this album also made waves among fans and was received with great sympathy, thanks to the fact that it was a breakthrough on the subject of recorded strings, which until then was not accepted in Yemenite poetry.

In 1990 he released Golan’s tenth album, which includes his greatest hit – “Av-Shimon”. This hit crosses testimony and is sought to this day in every joy and event, and has given the Golan many admirers who are not members of the Yemenite community.

That same year, Golan’s first collection album, “The Pomegranate Fragment – was released with the best of hits”. The album includes 15 tracks from the best of his hits to that period.

In 1991, Golan released his 11th album “At a Yemenite Song Festival in Strings”. Which included the hits “Ayelet Chen” “Cal al-Adib” “string that called in the shadow of my wings” and other hits. This album is a direct continuation of his Ninth Album, “in strings of hits in Yemenite”, 1989.

During 1991, Golan’s family suffered a major crisis, with the death of his father. Therefore, in the next album he produced – in 1992 – he recorded two songs that he dedicated to his parents: one, “Ah Yaba”, dedicated to his father’s memory; And the other, “Yoma Ya Yoma,” in which he thanks his mother for nurturing and nurturing him. This album, which bears the name “To my brothers in Yemen”, was dedicated to the theme song for immigrants from Yemen in 1992. This hit also became a very big hit by Golan.

In the same year 1992, the Reuveni Brothers produced a double collection album in the Golan, hosting the best Yemenite and Mediterranean singers in Yemenite singing. The album is entitled “Zion Golan hosts: Yemenite Feast with Zappa Songs and Dancing”, parts 1-2.

In 1995, Golan celebrated his “Bar Mitzvah” album with the release of his 13th album, “Salam Salam”. The days were the days of peace treaties with the neighboring nations of the State of Israel, and Golan saw the need to express his joy by means of a special song about it. Other hits from the album: “Yuma Vayava”, “Diker Alhambah”, and more.

In the same year, Zion published another double collection album, “The Collection of His Songs”. Part A includes 9 tracks, and part B includes 11 tracks.

On the occasion of the publication of his thirteenth album, an appreciation evening was held in honor of Golan, which took place in the “Cinerama” hall in Tel Aviv on 21.2.1999