Aris San

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Aris San (Hebrew: אריס סאן‎; January 19, 1940 – July 25, 1992) was a Greek singer and nightclub owner who popularized Greek music in Israel in the late 1950s and 1960s.[1]


Aristides Saisanas (Αριστείδης Σεϊσανάς) was born in Kalamata, Greece. At the age of 17, he sailed from Athens to Israel, changing his name to "Aris San" on board.[2] San began playing at the Arianna nightclub in Jaffa, a bastion of Israelis from Thessaloniki. He went on to become co-owner of four nightclubs. Lucy Maloul, a singer known professionally as Aliza Azikri, visited the club with her manager and husband Nissim Azikri. A romantic relationship developed between Ari San and Azikri that became grist for the gossip columns. They had a daughter, Sani.[2] San wrote songs for Azikri (Bahayim hakol over, Yesh ahava ata omer) that opened Israeli society to Greek and Mizrahi music.[3] Sigal and Boom pam were major hits.[4]

San left Israel a few months after the birth of his daughter on Yom Kippur eve. The government of Israel[citation needed] blamed him for spying. He settled in New York and opened a successful nightclub, Sirocco. He died under mysterious circumstances in Hungary in 1992.[2]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ "From margins to mainstream,". Retrieved March 24, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Star crossed
  3. ^ "Songstress brought Greek music into the mainstream". Retrieved March 24, 2010. [dead link]
  4. ^ Save the Music: Aris San[dead link]