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Glykeria (Γλυκερία)
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About:

14 November 1952

Glykeria began her career in 1974 working in the Athens Plaka music boites and gave performances with well-known artists, singing songs by M. Hadjidakis, M. Theodorakis, M. Loizos and others. In 1982 she was selected to represent Greece in the Europalia '82 festival in Brussels, together with Sotiria Bellou, George Dalaras and Margarita Zorbala. In 1986 she sang 'Earini symfonia' (poem by Yiannis Ritsos, music by Yiannis Markopoulos) for the song’s premier performance, at the opening ceremony of the World Championships held for the first time at the Athens Olympic Stadium, broadcast to 120 countries all over the world.

Apart from Greece, she performed on stages throughout the world: Europe, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Cyprus, Israel and Turkey. In the of summer 1993 she performed in Israel for the first time. She ended her performance with her own captivating version of an Israeli anthem 'Shabechi Yerushaly'im' ('Praises to Jerusalem') in Hebrew. This magical moment triggered a Greek-Israeli love story! Thanks to the successful concerts she gave in Israel she was proclaimed most popular foreign singer; the mayor of Jerusalem awarded her the golden key of the city in 1994. Three albums were released in Israel at the same time, all of them gold in a very short time: 'Glykeria golden hits', 'Far away', 'Glykeria – 14 classics', and her first album in France 'Golden hits – The voice of Greece'.

In 1998 her second album was released in France. She took part in two albums for the American label Putumayo and in compilations released in Europe. In 1999 she gave two concerts in Tel Aviv with the Philharmonic Orchestra of the city; a few months later the concert’s album was released and, immediately afterwards, 'Glykeria and the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra' was released throughout the world by Sony Classical. In 2001 she participated in the album 'Alif' of the world-renown musician Omar Faruk Tekbilek.

In 2002 she gave concerts with the 'Mikis Theodorakis Orchestra', the 'Estudiantina orchestra', and gave a personal tour all over Greece as well. In the same year her album 'Open heart' was released in Israel and 'Glykeria’s rebetika songs' in Turkey. In the First Arion Awards in Greece she was awarded the prize for best Greek popular singer.

On the web:

- Glykeria's website: http://www.myglykeria.gr
- You can listen to Glykeria at Mygreek.fm: http://www.mygreek.fm/artists/192

What do we think:

PR: If you are talking about Greek pop music, Glykeria just can not be excluded. And, hey, the woman cán sing. On the other hand, her choice of music is not always my cup of tee. And Glykeria singing in Hebrew... mmm, she does it well, but I rather listen to some authentic Israeli singers. If you are looking for a decent Greek female pop music singer, Glykeria is a safe choice.

DB: Glykeria stays very close to the Rembetika tradition so you have to have a fondness for that traditional part of the Greek music spectrum. Her first albums are very well sung but very traditional, listen first before buying. Her 1990 album shows some traces of pop-elements but as far as i know Glykeria stays close to the roots. Not very adventurous but with great quality.

If you like this, you probably like.. / european counterparts:

Dulce Pontes (Portugal)

Recomended abums:

♪♪ - Ta smyrneika - 1981

♪♪ - Apo Ti Smirni Ston Pirea - 1983

♪♪♪ - Megales Epitihies - 1990

I Glykeria tragoudai Antoni Vardi - 1996

♪♪♪- Maska - 1998

Further listening:

Min kaneis oneira - 1978; Sta matia koita me - 1980; Stin omorfi nihta live - 1983; Me ti Glykeria stin omorfi nyhta - 1984; Tragoudi aisthimatiko - 1985; Matia mou - 1986; Me panselino - 1987; Nea selini - 1988; Volta stin ellada - 1989; Ola mou ta mystika - 1990; Ksimerose - 1991; I hora ton thavmaton - 1992; Nyhtes magikes live - 1992; Se mia schedia - 1994; Rahok, rahok - 1995; Anapnoi anatoli mou - 1997; Ta aksehasta - 1999; Harama live - 2000; Ta rebetika tis Glykerias - 2002; I agapi irthe apo makria - 2003; Aniksi - 2004; Vrohi ton asterion - 2006; Ektos programatos - 2007; Matana - 2008

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♪♪♪♪♪ = outstanding album, an absolute must-have
♪♪♪♪ = great album, highly recomended
♪♪♪ = nice album
♪♪ = be careful, requires listening before buying
♪ = best to be avoided


 

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