Manolis Mitsias

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Manolis Mitsias
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Background information
Native nameΜανώλης Μητσιάς
Born (1946-02-26) 26 February 1946 (age 72)
Doubia, Polygyros, Greece
OriginThessaloniki, Greece
Occupation(s)Singer
Years active1969–present
Musical career
GenresEntekhno, Laïko
InstrumentsVocals

Manolis Mitsias (Greek: Μανώλης Μητσιάς, pronounced [ma.ˈno.lis mi.ˈt͡sças]; born 26 February 1946) is a Greek singer. He has been a significant artistic presence in the laïko, light laïko and entekhno genres of modern Greek music.[1]

Early life[edit]

Mitsias was born in the village of Doubia, close to the town of Polygyros. From an early age, he was interested in Byzantine and folk music and was a cantor for a time period.[2] Later, studying in Thessaloniki, he joined the 'Arts and Letters Club of Northern Greece' while at the same time founded a nightclub (boîte) where he began his career as a solo singer.

His first record came in 1969, with the song 'Στην Ελευσίνα μια φορά' ('In Elefsina Once'), written by Dimos Moutsis.

Collaborations[edit]

In nearly five decades of his career, Mitsias has worked with almost all of Greece (and Cyprus's) most well-known contemporary composers, such as the aforementioned Dimos Moutsis, Mikis Theodorakis, Loukianos Kilaidonis, Manos Hatzidakis, Stavros Xarchakos, Vassilis Tsitsanis, Marios Tokas, Giorgos Hatzinasios, Thanos Mikroutsikos, Yannis Markopoulos, Giannis Spanos and Stamatis Kraounakis, to name but a few. He has sung lyrics by many Greek poets and lyricists and even Spanish writer Federico García Lorca.

In terms of fellow singers, he has worked with Maria Farantouri, Dimitra Galani, Vicky Moscholiou, Babis Stokas, Sotiria Bellou[3] and others.

He has appeared in concert around Greece and Cyprus and for Greek audiences abroad (London, New York and other cities). During the summer of 2009, he celebrated forty years of his career.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Leontis, Artemis (2009). "Music and Dance". Culture and Customs of Greece. Greenwood Press. p. 156. ISBN 9780313342967.
  2. ^ "Mitsias Manolis". Athens & Epidaurus Festival 2017. Retrieved 21 September 2017.
  3. ^ Tragaki, Dafni (2007). "The First Rebetiko Revival". Rebetiko Worlds: ethnomusicology and ethnography in the city. Cambridge Scholars Publishing. p. 114. ISBN 9781847181503.
  4. ^ "Επετειακή συναυλία που διοργάνωσε ο Δήμος Σίφνου". Sifnos.net. Retrieved 21 September 2017.

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