Portrait

COMPOSERS: Melina Kana
LABELS: Network
PERFORMER: Melina Kana (vocals)
CATALOGUE NO: 35.404

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Renewed tradition is Greek singer MELINA KANA’s story too. In this case it’s an urban update, homing in on sex, drink, cigarettes and (once) aspirin. The songs come from a decade’s issues and use an assortment of plucked-string support with guests among the Greeks including an entire group from Turkmenistan on three tracks.

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Old or contemporary, lyrical or assertive, the singing is deep-tinged, flexible, urgent and sometimes florid enough to sound more Asian than European.