Arguably one of the most recognisable voices to come out of Greece, Marika Ninou not only touched the souls of post war Greece, she paved the way for a generation taking music to the world.
Marika was one of the leading Greek vocalists during the early-’50s. Her 78 rpm recordings provided a voice for the compositions of Vasilis Tsitsanis, Manolis Hiotis, Yannis Papaioanou, Giorgos Mitsakis, and Apostolas Kaldaras.
A native of Causasus, Ninou came to Athens in 1948, performing an acrobatic act with her husband and son. Her vocal talents soon attracted attention–as she was invited to sing with Stellakis Perpiniadis at the Florida club in Alexandria. She followed this stint with a series of performances with legendary composer Vassilis Tsitsanis, who remained her accompanist for the remainder of her career.
Performing her debut concerts in the United States with Kostas Kaplanis in 1955, Ninou began to suffer from cancer. She died the following year.
Renowned Melbourne-based Rebetiko artists, Con Kalamaras and friends share this heartfelt honour to one of Greece’s greatest musicians.
Duration: 90 minutes
Refreshments: Events Bar open