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Haris Alexiou

Who is this Haroula?
Haris Alexiou is not just any Greek singer. She is "Haroula", the audience's favourite. First and foremost there is of course her remarkable voice. Deep, a bit throaty, she has a style of singing that is called byzantine. A symbiosis of yesterday and today, east and west, she has sung different cultures, seamlessly combining them. You can hear her sing Brel in French, recite Brecht in German, Wa Habibi in Arabic, all with the same ease. Being only in her early forties, she can already look back on an impressive 20 year career. Over that period she has sung everything from traditional, popular folk songs (laika and rembetika), to serious/crafted music (endechna). She is also no unknown in France, Belgium, Germany and Tunisia, and easily manages to sell out the Olympia (sic) in Paris.

Her family came from Thebes in Asia Minor but had to move to the motherland after the treaty of Lausanne (the moving of Greeks out of Turkey). The change of scenery and culture led to a cultural cross-pollination - this is how the rembetika came to be: a mixture of folk music (dhimotica) and the more refined oriental city-music (smyrneïka).

Singing came as natural to her as breathing and when she auditioned in 1972 Apostolos Kaldaras asked her for his new project, the album Mikra Asia (Asia Minor - Turkey). He can put it to his name of discovering her. The record became a hit and a classic and suddenly everyone wanted to know who this young, self-confident singer was. In no time she was nicknamed Haroula by the audience, which translates something like Little Grace (Haris means charm, grace). Although at first she didn't much like the name, nowadays she has grown quite fond of this term of endearment.

In '75 she recorded her first own album: 12 laika tragoudia (12 folk songs). It immediately got her the number one best-selling single from the seventies in Greece, the traditional Dimitroula. This was just after the fall of the military regime, and in the following high she participated in numerous stadium concerts - with a.o. Theodorakis - and other performances. She carefully avoided the label of political singer though, which Maria Farantouri (also with Theodorakis) got pinned on.

Alexiou has worked with composers and writers of crafted music (endechna), popular folk-songs (laika) and contemporary work (synchrona tragoudia). On several of her albums she explores her and her music's roots. An absolute must is the double album Ta Tsilika, folk-songs from 1900 till 1940, on which she again proves her remarkable voice potential. In the nineties she discovers songwriter Nikos Andypas, former drummer with Theodorakis. With lyrics by Lina Nikolakopoulou this resulted in the mainstream Eurorock product Di' Efchon, released in '92, followed by a tour. Her next album Eï! was a bit less of a success without Lina - though you can't argue about tastes I suppose, we actually heard several people call this her best work in years, or ever!

So, time for a change, and in 1995, much to everyone's surprise, she proved to be not only singer but top-rate songwriter as well. Personal experiences gave her the inspiration for writing the music and lyrics for her next album herself. Odos Nefelys '88 (Cloud Street '88) is without any doubt a masterpiece - no, no contradictions tolerated here! - and you can not but wonder why she didn't turn to producing her own work earlier. Talk about a late-bloomer (in her writing that is, not in her singing of course)! If Odos Nefelys holds any promise of what we may still expect...

And 1996 saw the release of the album Gyrizontas ton kosmo (Going round the world), a selection of live recordings from tours all around the world between 1992 and 1996. If anyone should need a good introduction to Haroula's music, this would certainly be one of the better choices.

The folk music of Greece is fused with modern pop sensibilities by vocalist and songwriter Haris Alexiou. Dubbed Haroula" ("Little Grace") by her fans, Alexiou has emerged as one of the best examples of the deep, throaty style of Greek Byzantine singing. According to Dirty Linen, Alexiou's "...passionate vocals really soar over the music and are a real delight to listen to." A veteran of more than 20 years in the music business, Alexiou sings in French, German and Arabic and specializes in the traditional Greek style of rembetika, which combines folk music (dhimotica) and oriental urban music (smyrneika). Alexiou's ancestral roots lie in Thebes in Asia Minor. Her family moved to Greece following the signing of the Treaty of Lausanne in 1923. The turning point in her musical career came in 1972, when she successfully auditioned for a multi-artist, Apostoles

Kaldaras-produced album, Mikra Asia ("Asia Minor" -- Turkey). The album became a major hit in eastern Europe. Alexiou's debut album, Laika Tragoudia ("12 Folk Songs"), was released in 1975 and included the single "Dimitroula, " which was the top-selling single in Greece during the 1970s.

Following the collapse of military regime in Greece, Alexiou performed in a series of stadium concerts that she shared with political Greek vocalist Theodorakis and released a double album, Ta Tsilika, featuring Greek folk songs from 1900 to 1940.

During the 1990s, Alexiou teamed with songwriter Nikos Andypas, whom she met when he was playing drums for Theodorakis. Their first collaboration, Di Efchon ("With Blessings"), with lyrics by Lina Nikalakopoulou, became one of the first Greek albums released outside of Greece. In addition to being issued in France, Belgium, Israel and Japan, the album became her first release in the U.S. in January 1998.

Alexiou showcased her skills as a songwriter with her 1995 album, Odos Nefelys '88 ("Cloud Street '88"). Gyriziontas Ton Kosmos ("Going 'Round the World"), released the following year, and Ena Fili Tou Kosmou released in 1997, included recordings from her concerts between 1992 and 1996.
~ Craig Harris, All Music Guide

 

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Anthologia Best 2CD

A double cd album featuring Haris Alexiou's outstanding career commencing with her first recordings with Minos to her last 2 new songs including intermediary stops with Universal and ending with her current endeavour under her own label, Estia.

This musical anthology features 40 of Haris Alexiou's best-of-the-best and is accompanied with a booklet inlaid with song lyrics and the year of it's publication.

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gia ena tango.mp3
h mpalanta ths Ifigeneias.mp3
ola se qymizoyn.mp3
panselhnos.mp3
panta o hlios qa bgainei.mp3
to tango ths Nefelhs.mp3

CD One

  1. Panta o ilios tha vgeni -
  2. H agapi ine zali -
  3. Koita mia nihta -
  4. Panselinos -
  5. Ta tango tis Nefelis -
  6. Odos aristotelous -
  7. Sinavlia -
  8. Patoma -
  9. Oi dikoi mou xenoi -
  10. H balanta tis Ifigenias -
  11. Eleni -
  12. Di'efhon -
  13. Mikri mou mov ventalia -
  14. Gia ena tango -
  15. Na ime kala -
  16. Na ziso e na pethano(flamenco) -
  17. Ta karelia -
  18. Oi andres pernoun mama(les hommes qui passent) - Ola se thimizoun
CD Two
  1. Proti fora signomi -
  2. Mia pista apo fosforo -
  3. Oles tou kosmou oi Kiriakes -
  4. Tora ki ego tha ziso -
  5. Apopse thelo na pio -
  6. An pethani mia agapi -
  7. An pethani mia agapi -
  8. Oi filoi mou haramata -
  9. Fevgo -
  10. Ise e nihta me ta enigmata -
  11. Rok balanta -
  12. Theos an ine -
  13. Ximeroni -
  14. To kima -
  15. Erotiko -
  16. O fantaros -
  17. Ti gliko na s'agapoun -
  18. Otan pini mia gineka -
  19. Teli teli teli -
  20. Zilia mou -
  21. H diathiki -
  22. To xero pia den m'agapas

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TA TRAGOUDIA TIS HAROULAS (Remasters)
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  1. Giftissa ton evizaxe -
  2. Tin ogdoi mera -
  3. Se pente ores ximeroni Kiriaki -
  4. Pes mou pos ginete -
  5. Ola se thimizoun -
  6. Ti na po -
  7. O fantaros -
  8. Ekana ti mira fili -
  9. Ke ego san poli -
  10. Pes to plithos -
  11. Teli teli teli -
  12. Tipota den pai hameno

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To The End Of Your Heaven

To Kima (mp3)
Oi filoi mou haramata (mp3)

  1. To kima -
  2. Apopse thelo na pio -
  3. H hara ferni hara -
  4. To poli mazi skotoni -
  5. Esi me xeris pio poli -
  6. Oi filoi mou haramata -
  7. Mia mera meta -
  8. Ola ine sto mialo -
  9. Na me lene Maria -
  10. Ta kalitera tha'rthoun -
  11. Tha megalonoume mazi -
  12. Ena limani e agkalia mou -
  13. Eho mia agapi gia sena

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    23 Tragoudia (23 Hits)
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    Live at paris
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    CD One

    1. I Anixi
    2. Ola Se Thimizoun
    3. I Samarina
    4. Mandalio
    5. Oli Rebetes Tou Dounia
    6. Agapi Mou
    7. Tha Kliso To Parathiro
    8. Zavarakatranemia
    9. Odos Aristotelous
    10. Quand On N'a
    11. Erotiko
    12. O Fantaros
    13. To Gramma
    14. To Accordeon

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    Cine Kerameikos / 24 Live Recordings
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    CD One

    1. Tis Tavernas To Roloi
    2. Kato Apo Ti Markiza
    3. Hronia Helidonia
    4. Matia Mou - Matia Mou
    5. I Fili
    6. Onira Agoria Mou
    7. Exartate
    8. Sinavlia
    9. Posso Se Thelo
    10. Liga Psihoula Agapis Sou Yirevo
    11. Na 'Me Kala
    CD Two
    1. Ouzo Otan Pyis
    2. Den Tha Xanagapisso
    3. Min Skalizeis Ti Stakti
    4. Paporaki Tou Bournova
    5. I Thalassini
    6. Malista Kyrie
    7. To Karavi
    8. O Fantaros
    9. Teli-Teli
    10. Mia Ine I Oussia
    11. Kaimo Mes Stin Kardoula Mou
    12. Rebetikos Skopos
    13. Palia Agora

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    Oi Megaliteres Epitihies Tis / The Very Best of Haris Alexiou
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    Oi Balantes Tis Haroulas
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    Ei (Hey)
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    1. Hey...! I've Gone Crazy
    2. I've Lost You
    3. The Darkest Moon
    4. Joy
    5. It Comes... It Goes...
    6. Mother
    7. The Lie
    8. All Would Have Been Different
    9. The Ballad Of A Convict
    10. I Surrender
    11. Streets Lost In Oblivion
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    Whispers (1997)
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    Booklet includes lyrics in both Greek and English
    1. I'm In Love And I Care About Nothing
    2. Small Homeland
    3. Do Not Ask The Sky
    4. Take Me
    5. A Shooting Star Is Falling
    6. Floor
    7. The Greatest Hour
    8. I'm Only Asking You For A Few Crumbs Of Love
    9. The Wild Flower
    10. Follow My Tracks
    11. Do Not Get Tired Of Loving Me
    12. You 'Re Asking Me To Sing For You
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    Lumière Étrange (1997)
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    1. Embrasse-Moi
    2. Que J'alle Bien
    3. Je Te Veux Ici
    4. La Flamme
    5. Apres, Il N'y A Rien Apres
    6. Aman-Aman
    7. L'inconnu
    8. Ta Chemise Blanche
    9. Deux Fois Femme
    10. Portes Ouvertes
    11. Je T'aime, Je T'aime
    12. Australie
    13. Kiamilio
    14. Je Revienedrai Du Meme Pas
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    Di Efchon (1997)

    "Di Efchon" represents the pinnacle of the career of one of Greece's most successful Artists. Thebes native Haris Alexiou is a full-throated vocalist who can sing dramatic, powerful songs that capture the complex ethos of her homeland. Her melodies speak of passion as the notes soar then fall into unexpected places that ultimately make perfect harmonic sense. Blending Grecian folk (dhimotica) and urban contemporary music (smyrneika), Haris, nicknamed "Harovla" or little grace, unleashes her tremendous vocal potential in a style that is often described as Byzantine. She fuses traditional Grecian rhythms with contemporary beats reminiscent of the work of western songwriters such as Peter Gabriel. Haris Alexiou's platinum repertoire of songs have the passion and the power to finally give her global recognition and put Greek music on the map.

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    1. With Blessings (Antypas/Nikolakopou) 3:43
    2. Witch (Antypas/Nikolakopou)
    3. Concert ( Antypas/Nikolakopou) 4:18
    4. Autumn (Alexiou/Antypas)3:21
    5. Our Soul (america) (Antypas/Nikolakopou )3:50
    6. To Live Or To Die (Flamenco) ( Antypas/Nikolakopou) 4:14
    7. The Sandals (Antypas/Nikolakopou )2:32
    8. Come My Youth, Pass (Antypas/Nikolakopou) 4:19
    9. The Karelia (Antypas/Nikolakopou) 4:47
    10. The Homeland ( Alexiou/A/N )3:43
    Date: January 13, 1998
    Length: 38:08 minutes
    Label: UNI/ARK 21

    Performers
    Haris Alexiou : Vocals
    Nikos Antypas : Cymbals, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals Achilles Persidis : Guitar (Acoustic)

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    Odos Nefelys '88 (1997)

    "Odos Nefelis `88" is released. This is not the first time that Haris Alexiou writes the lyrics of songs. These are her own moments, moments from the life of a woman that has been loved by so many people. "Minoraki", "Panselinos", "Proseuhi", "Psyhes kai somata", "Filoi", the song by Tsitsanis, "Sineffa" and the song by Patricia Kaas, all together make up the best album in recent years. It is not by chance that Haris Alexiou was awarded the Prix Adami, an award given every year to great artists by the Charles Cros Academy, at the Palais de Congres in Paris.

    1. Prosefhi (e)
    2. Minoraki (e)
    3. I fili
    4. To nou mou esigirisa (e)
    5. Dekatris foties
    6. Psihes ke somata
    7. Panselinos (e)
    8. Glikia sinomosia
    9. Sinefa
    10. Stis dodeka
    11. I andres pernoun, mama
    12. O anthropos tou kavou
    Polygram, 1995 music and lyrics: H. Alexiou - I andres pernoun, mama (Les hommes qui passent, maman): music: François Bernheim; lyrics: Didier Barbelivien; Gr. lyrics: H. Alexiou

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    Gyrizontas ton kosmo/Kai Ena Fili Tou Kosmou - Live '92-'97 (1997)

    Gyrizontas ton kosmo, a selection of live recordings from tours all around the world between 1992 and 1996
    "Ena Fili tou Kosmou", is the second part of the live album "Gyrizontas ton Kosmo" and contains 22 songs plus a previously unreleased: "Gia ena Tango". Also, live recordings of old songs and three new songs, among them "To Tragoudi tou Helidoniou", the song that Haris Alexiou wrote for the young Cypriot girl, Anastasia Isaac. The single "Gia ena Tango" becomes an instant hit. In the summer of 1997, Haris Alexiou, responding to an invitation by the 2004 Olympic Committee, gives a concert at Pnyka, underneath the Acropolis. The huge success of that concert, on July the 21st, combined with the numerous people who wanted to see it but failed to do so, led to the organizing of two more concerts at Pnyka.

    1. TO TANGO TIS NEFELIS
    2. TI EINAI AUTO POU LENE AGAPI
    3. MINORAKI
    4. PSYHES KAI SOMATA
    5. THEOS AN EINAI
    6. PANSELINOS
    7. ANTHROPOI MONAHOI
    8. TABAKIERA
    9. TO NOU MOU ESIGIRISA
    10. TO NOU MOU ESIGIRISA
    11. OI FILOI
    12. POLLES FORES
    13. GIA ENA TANGO
    14. SY MOU HARAJES POREIA
    15. AH HELIDONI MOU
    16. SYNNEFA
    17. S' EHASA
    18. SYNAULIA
    19. NA ZISI I NA PETHANO (Flamengo)
    20. MAGISSA
    21. DI' EUXON
    22. TO TRAGOUDI TOU HELIDONIOU
    23. KRATA GIA TO TELOS
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    To Paihnidi tis Agapis (1998)
    "To Paihnidi tis Agapis", the new album of Haris Alexiou is released. It is the second album, after "Odos Nefelis", that Haris Alexiou has written all the lyrics and the music herself. Twelve new songs, an instrumental piece and among them the poem "Hamena Hronia" by poet Ioannis Polemis. Great Greek and foreign artists participate in the album, like Manu Katche, Yiannis Spathas, Arto Tuncboyaclyan, Christos Nikolopoulos, Bjorn Alterhaug, Pino Palladino and Haris Andreadis, who has done the orchestration. Album "To Paihnidi tis Agapis" was recorded at Guillaume Tell studios in Paris.

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    1. DOS'MOU MIA MERA [MP3]
    2. ROMANTZO
    3. HEIMONAS
    4. ENAS FANTAROS S'ENA TRENO [Video]
    5. OI DIKOI MOU JENOI [MP3]
    6. I RAPTOMIHANI
    7. MITERA, FILI MOU PALIA
    8. ONEIRA, AGORIA MOU
    9. REBETIKOS SKOPOS
    10. ELA KONTA MOU APOPSE
    11. I PALIA AGORA
    12. HAMENA HRONIA
    13. APOHERETISMOS (INSTRUMENTAL)
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