Nana Mouskouri (in Greek, Nάνα Μούσχουρη), born as Ioanna Mouskhouri on October 13, 1934, in Chania, Crete, Greece, is a singer. She was known as Nana to her friends and family as a child. (Note that in Greek her surname is pronounced with the stress on the first syllable rather than the second.) She has recorded in many different languages, including Greek, French, English, German, Italian, Spanish, among others.
Mouskouri’s family lived in Chania, Crete, where her father, Constantine, worked as a film projectionist in a local cinema. Her mother, Alice also worked in the same local cinema as an usherette. When Mouskouri was three, her father moved the family to Athens. Mouskouri’s family worked extremely hard in order to send Nana and her elder sister, Jenny, to the prestigious Athens Conservatoire. Mouskouri had displayed exceptional musical talent from the age of 6. However her sister, Jenny, initially appeared to be the more gifted of the two. In fact Mouskouri has one vocal cord that is thicker than the other. This unusual condition accounts for her unique voice, both speaking and singing.
In 1950, she was accepted at the Conservatoire. She studied classical music with an emphasis on singing opera. After eight years at the Conservatoire, Mouskouri was encouraged by her friends to experiment with jazz music. She soon began singing with her friends’ jazz group at night and they even managed to get a radio slot. However, when Mouskouri’s Conservatory professor found out about Mouskouri’s involvement with a genre of music that he considered to be absolutely worthless, he flew into a fury and prevented her from sitting her end-of-year exams. Mouskouri left the Conservatoire and began performing at the Zaki club in Athens.
The Power Of Love
Old Toys trains
Greek Medley – Live at Devil’s Lake
Vaya con Dios
La Paloma ( with Julio Iglesias )
Guantanamera ( with Joe Dassin )
Try to remember ( with Harry Belafonte )
La Paloma ( with Mireille Mathieu )