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Giorgos Vidalis

Discography of Recordings with Ladino Fragments

Artist Title Label / Number

Vidalis, Giorgos and Rosa Eskenazi

Evreopoula

Odeon A 190286

Rosa Eskenazi contributes an uncredited Ladino dialog at the start of this recording. "Evreopoula" means "Jewish Girl."

Biography

Yiorgos Vidalis, a refugee from Smyrna, became a chief Greek vocal artist for Odeon in the 1920s. He was also a composer and orchestra leader, remaining active through the first half of the 20th century.

Roza Eskenazi (c. 1890 1980) was a famous singer of Greek music from Asia Minor and later Rebetiko. Born Sarah Skenazi in Constantinople (now Istanbul), Eskenazi was of Greek Jewish origin. When she was about seven years old her family moved to Salonica, and later to Komotini and Piraeus (Athens). By the mid 1930s, she had recorded more than 500 songs of folk, rebetiko and Smyrnaic origin.

Sources:

Gail Holst-Warhaft, 2003 and http://www.umbc.edu/MA/index/number5/holst/holst_2.htm

The late Dino Pappas, private correspondence

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_Eskenazi
Accessed 9/21/2008

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