Papagkika Marika


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Born: 01-09-1890
Died: 02-08-1943
From: Greece, Kos


Marika Papagika (Μαρίκα Παπαγκίκα, September 1, 1890 – August 2, 1943) was a popular Greek singer in the early 20th century and one of the first Greek women singers to be heard on sound recordings.
She was born on the island of Kos and toured the cafés' artistic circuit in the late Ottoman period, including the cities of Athens, Smyrna, Constantinople, Cairo and Alexandria.[citation needed] In late 1913 or early 1914, she recorded for the Gramophone Company (later Victor Records), although none of those recordings have so far been found.
Apparently at the impetus of the Victor recordings company, she had relocated to New York City by 1918, when she recorded a session for them. Early in 1919, she also began recording for Columbia Records. Over the next ten years, she recorded about two hundred performances of café-aman styled songs, including kleftiko demotikο (Greek traditional songs about Klephts), rebetiko, and light classical pieces, many of them overlapping with her chief rival in Greek music sales, in the United States, Koula Antonopoulos (known on her recordings as Kyria Koula or Madame Coula).


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