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
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,
Roza Eskenazi (Greek: Ρόζα Εσκενάζυ) (mid-1890s – 2 December 1980) was a famous Jewish-Greek singer of rebetiko and Greek folk music born in Constantinople, whose recording and stage career extended from the late 1920s into the 1970s.Eskenazi was born Sarah Skinazi to an impoverished Sephardic