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Bellou, Sotirialocked

  • Dafni Tragaki

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(b Chalia [now Drosia], Chalkida; d Athens, 1997). Greek singer of rebetiko song, famous for the special quality and register of her voice. As a child she became familiar with Byzantine chanting through her grandfather, who was a priest. Against the will of her family and in order to fulfill her dream to become a singer, she moved to Athens, where she got married to a man prone to violence. All alone, having spent a short period of time in prison after attacking her husband with sulphuric acid, and still unwelcome by her family, she made her living partly as a singer in the ...

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