Here and here are some samples of Shoshana Damari's singing. She was famous, among other things, for her very distinctive voice.

Her voice is lower than a mezzo. Would that be a contralto? Or is the classification inappropriate at all, considering she was not a classical singer?

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I would say she is a contralto or lyric alto. It is not inappropriate to classify singers like that even though they do not sing classical music. My voice teacher has a lot of pop singers who are lyric altos according to her. She also says that a lyric alto is generally not a recognized voice type but she has a lot of students whose voice type is exactly that.

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