my songs I tried to prove that there is love." Nana
Greek singing legend and inspirational jet-setting philanthropist; she of trademark
dark-rimmed glasses with long raven hair parted down the centre. A remarkable
woman who worked her way up from humble beginnings with irresistible charm and
style to become one of the world's most popular divas.
(Nana is her nickname) in Crete, she moved at the age of three to Athens, where
her father, a movie projectionist, was a resistance fighter during the Second
World War. Nana started taking classical voice lessons when she was 12 but was
expelled from the Athens Conservatory when (horror of horrors) it was
discovered she’d been singing with a jazz group at night.
her disappointment; she continued to frequent Athens' bohemian circles where
she would meet the famous Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis. He offered to write songs
for her, a huge compliment. Almost at once, the young singer enjoyed domestic
hits and swept all before her at song festivals in Athens and Barcelona.
early successes quickly established her around the Mediterranean, she was
beginning to be noticed by European record labels, eventually signing with the
Paris-based Fontana. Nana's involvement in the German film documentary Greece,
Land of Dreams resulted in her recording the single Weiße Rosen aus Athen
("White Roses of Athens"), a song originally adapted by Hadjidakis
from a folk melody. It went Gold in Germany, selling over a million copies. It
would be re-recorded in French,
English, Spanish and Italian; the first major international success of Nana's
Release Date: 11/02/2013