Shoshana Damari, considered by many in the Jewish state to be the queen of Israeli song, died on Tuesday (Feb. 13) after a short illness, her family said. She was 83.

Shoshana Damari, considered by many in the Jewish state to be the queen of Israeli song, died on Tuesday (Feb. 13) after a short illness, her family said. She was 83.

With her husky contralto, the Yemeni-born singer gave voice to many Hebrew songs that became anthems of the Jewish state's early years following independence in 1948.

-- Reuters