Arleta (musician)

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Arleta
Birth nameArgyro-Nicoleta Tsapra
Born(1945-03-03)3 March 1945
Athens, Greece
Died8 August 2017(2017-08-08) (aged 72)
Athens, Greece
GenresGreek New Wave, éntekhno
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, author, illustrator
InstrumentsVocals, guitar
Years active1960–2017
LabelsLyra, CBS, Columbia, Portrait, Ακτή, Legend

Arleta (Greek: Αρλέτα; 3 May 1945 – 8 August 2017; born Argyro-Nicoleta Tsapra, Αργυρώ-Νικολέτα Τσάπρα) was a Greek musician, author and book illustrator.

Biography[edit]

Arleta was born in Athens on 3 March 1945[1] and studied at the Athens School of Fine Arts.[2]

She published her first album of her own compositions (Η Αρλέτα τραγουδά, Arleta sings) in 1966 and became one of the leading figures of the Greek New Wave during the 1960s.[1] At the beginning of her career she worked with many well-known Greek composers like Giannis Spanos, Manos Hatzidakis and Mikis Theodorakis.[2][3] Her first great successes came with songs whose music was written by Lakis Papadopoulos and lyrics by Marianina Kriezi.[1] She performed with great success in the Athens boîte scene. In 1997 she published a book, Από πού πάνε για την Άνοιξη (How to Get to Spring), which was based on her songwriting and included her own illustrations.[2]

On 11 February 2008, just a few minutes before a planned performance at Volos, Arleta suffered a stroke, which left her in hospital for six months and partly paralysed her for a year.[2][4] with recovery after a lengthy hospitalization and year of rehabilitation.[5] In January 2017, she suffered another stroke and remained in hospital, where she died on 8 August 2017, aged 72.[2]

Discography[edit]

  • Τραγουδά η Αρλέτα (Arleta sings) (Lyra, 1966)
  • Αρλέτα Νο. 2 (Arleta No. 2) (Lyra, 1967)
  • Στο Ρυθμό του Αγέρα (In the Rhythm of the Wind) (Lyra, 1968)
  • 12+1 Τραγούδια του Μάνου Χατζιδάκι (12+1 Songs of Manos Hatzidakis) (Lyra, 1969)
  • Έξη Μέρες (Six Days) (Lyra, 1970)
  • Ταξιδεύοντας (Travelling) (Lyra, 1976)
  • Romancero Gitano (Lyra, 1978)
  • Ένα Καπέλο με Τραγούδια (A Hat with Songs) (Lyra, 1981)
  • Περίπου (Almost) (Lyra, 1984)
  • Τσάι Γιασεμιού (Jasmine Tea) (CBS, 1985)
  • Ζητάτε Να Σας Πω (You Ask Me to Say to You) (CBS, 1987)
  • Δέκα και μία νύχτες (Ten and One Nights) (CBS, 1989)
  • Εκτός Έδρας (Away) (CBS, 1989)
  • Άσε τα Κρυφά Κρυμμένα (Let secrets remain hidden) (Columbia, 1991)
  • Μετά Τιμής (With Honour) (Portrait, 1993)
  • Έμπορος Ονείρων (Trader of Dreams) (Ακτή, 1995)
  • Και Πάλι Χαίρετε (Hello to You Again) (Legend, 2009)
  • Demo (Lyra, 2010)

Illustrations[edit]

  • Bertolt Brecht «Ο Μπαρμπα-Έντε» (Uncle Eddie's Moustache) – Children's Book (Οδυσσέας Editions, 1979; in Greek)
  • Vladimir Mayakovsky «Το Αλογάκι-Φωτιά» (The Fire Horse) – Children's Book (Οδυσσέας Editions, 1986; in Greek)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Greek 'New Wave' Singer Arleta Dies at 72". The National Herald. 9 August 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Iconic singer-songwriter, Arleta, dead at age 72". Kathimerini. 8 August 2017. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  3. ^ Cashman, Greer Fay (15 August 2017). "Grapevine: Balfour Day at Middle East Mean Time". The Jerusalem Post. Retrieved 10 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Σε σοβαρή κατάσταση νοσηλεύεται η γνωστή τραγουδίστρια Αρλέτα" (in Greek). in.gr. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  5. ^ "13 Ιουνίου – Η Αρλέτα ξανά στο Βόλο 4 χρόνια "μετά" για τα άτομα με αναπηρία". disabled.gr (in Greek). 18 May 2012. Archived from the original on 24 December 2013. Retrieved 21 December 2013.