Maria Farantouri ( She is a Greek singer and also a political and cultural activist. She has collaborated with prominent Greek composers such as Mikis Theodorakis, who wrote the score for Pablo Neruda's Canto General, which Farantouri performed.
bellou_2 The most notorious rebetisa of all time is Sotiria Bellou, a wild woman by anyone’s estimation; she was openly bi-sexual in Greece in the 1920′s ( unheard of at the time), loved to gamble, fought in the streets for civil rights and ended her first marriage by throwing acid into her husband’s face.
Rita Abatzi Born Smyrna 1914 - Died Athens 1969 began her singing career during the early 1930's. Rita sang Smyrneika, dimotika, and rebetika.Along with Roza Eskenazi, she was the number one female star on Greek 78 r.p.m. recordings during the decade until 1940. She worked with all the leading composers of the era - Her sister, Sofia Karivali, enjoyed a brief career as a singer
Marika Ninou Born Causasus 1918 - 1956 Marika came to Athens around the end of 1947, where she appeared as part of a nightspot act, doing acrobatic turns with her husband and small son. In October 1948 Stellakis Perpiniadis engaged her to sing with him at the 'Florida' on Leoforos Alexandras.She next appeared with Vasilis Tsitsanis at 'Fat Jimmy's. Her singing career continued as she made 78 r.p.m. recordings with composers including Tsitsanis, Manolis Hiotis ...
Marika Papagika One of the first generation of Greek women singers to be heard on sound recordings, Marika Papagika born Kos on September 1, 1890. Her family moved to Egypt, probably Alexandria, when she was young. Around 1915 she emigrated to the USA Marika's versatile repertory included folksongs, 'light', European-style songs, but she became a noted exponent of the Smyrnaic style of the rebetiko died in New York in 1943
Roza Eskenazi Born in the late 19th c.in Constantinople, Roza began her performing career as a dancing girl. Details of her early life are somewhat obscured by the fact that she placed her date of birth in 1910 in a published interview [1982, R. Eskenazi] Her family moved to Thessaloniki when she was a small girl, and sometime later to Athens, certainly before the 1923 population exchange that resulted from the 1922 Asia Minor Disaster. Despite her family's strong disapproval she went…
Sofia Karivali Born in Smyrna in 1918, the young Sofia Karivali and her family landed on the shores of mainland Greece along with million-plus refugees who lost their homeland in the 1922 Asia Minor Catastrophe. They settled in Kokkinia, the refugee community that sprang up at the edge of Pireaus. In 1936 Sofia, married by now, began her singing career. Both she and her husband made a trip to Crete,