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Posted: Sunday, November 6, 2016 12:11 pm

The “Yemenite worry doll,” Achinoam Nini (better known as Noa), charmed her audience at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing arts last night (Nov. 5) with 90 minutes of song and story that reached across boundaries of language, culture and religion to find common ground.

Noa, with guitarist-backup vocalist Gil Dor, sang with a powerful, clean soprano, offering technically flawless melismatic runs characteristic of her Middle Eastern roots. Despite being an “acoustic” duo, they filled the room with music. She sang in Hebrew (whether Yemeni, Israeli or biblical), Spanish, Arabic and English. In the course of the show, the audience (about half to two-thirds of the theater’s 853-seat capacity) learned of Noa’s roots and the songs she learned from her Yemenite grandmother, which she said were all tragic because they were about women’s lives.

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