Ante Gia

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Ante Gia
Άντε Γειά
EP by Despina Vandi
Released December 18, 2002 (2002-12-18)
Recorded 2002, Phase One Recording Studios
Genre Dance-pop, electronic, flamenco
Length 22:47
Language Greek
Label Heaven Music
Director Phoebus
Producer Phoebus
Despina Vandi chronology
Ante Gia
Despina Vandi Live
Singles from Ante Gia
  1. "Simera"
    Released: December 2002
  2. "I Melodia Tis Monaxias""
    Released: 2003

"Ante Gia" (Greek: Άντε Γειά; English: Goodbye) is an EP maxi single by Greek singer Despina Vandi released on December 19, 2002 by Heaven Music. The entire EP was written and produced by Phoebus in promotion of the reissue of Vandi's 5× Platinum album Gia, which was reissued as Gia + Ante Gia and as a box set as Gia + Ante Gia: Collector's Edition. The EP contains all new material, with the title track being a response to the single "Gia" (Hello), inspired by that song but in a negative lyrical context. The remix of the songs "Spania" and "Giatriko" is licensed by Vandi's former label Minos EMI.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Simera" (Σήμερα; Today) Phoebus Phoebus 5:06
2. "I Melodia Tis Monaxias" (Η μελωδία της μοναξιάς; The melody of loneliness) Phoebus Pheobus 6:02
3. "Thimisou" (Θυμήσου; Remember) Phoebus, Vaggelis Konstantinidis Phoebus 4:39
4. "Spania - Giatriko (Flamenco Version 2002)" (Σπάνια - Γιατρικό; Rare - Medicine) Phoebus Phoebus 2:57
5. "Ante Gia" (Άντε γειά; Goodbye) Phoebus Phoebus 4:03
Total length: 22:47



The first single from the EP was "Simera", a dance-pop song that was later rewritten in English as "C'est La Vie" for the international release of the album in 2003. The music video was directed by Kostas Kapetanidis and features Vandi in five different scenes dressed up in different costumes, in front of solid color backgrounds, doing things such as writing on the walls and playing electric guitar. Towards the end her four personas meet in one scene, with the video ending showing speeding cars on a highway.

"I Melodia Tis Monaxias"

The second single was "I Melodia Tis Monaxias". The music video was once again directed by Kapetanidis. In it, Vandi is involved in a car accident and presumably killed. She wanders around, having in an out-of-body experience, before finally being revived at the end.

Chart performance[edit]

Ante Gia peaked at number one on the Greek Singles Chart (where EPs chart in Greece). The EP was certified double platinum, recognizing shipments of at least 40,000 units.

Chart Providers Peak
Certification Sales
Greek Singles Chart IFPI[1] 1 2× Platinum 40,000

Credits and personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the album's liner notes.[2]

Official remixes[edit]

  • 2003: Thimisou (Remix by Nikos Halkousis - G. Koutsouflakis)
  • 2007: Thimisou (Soumka Mix)
  • 2007: I Melodia Tis Monaxias (Soumka Loneliness Mix)

Cover versions[edit]


  1. ^ "Ελληνικό Chart". Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  2. ^ Ante Gia (CD single). Despina Vandi. Heaven Music. 2002. 5204958 1031 2 6. 
  3. ^ "Cristina Rus - Viata Mea - Muzica Romania Music Romanian Singer". YouTube. 2008-02-18. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 
  4. ^ "Lana Jurcevic - Odlazis". YouTube. Retrieved 2012-01-14. 

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