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Portrait

Melina Kana Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (11 April 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Network
  • ASIN: B000024JQJ
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 292,046 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Alkoolika stichakia (Drunken Verses) 3:200.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Na valo ta metaksota (I Will Wear Silk) 3:230.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Metho ke talantevome (I Get Drunk and Stagger) 3:030.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Logia, tsigara (Words, Cigarettes) 3:270.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Tou Christara (For Christara) 3:100.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Fairuz 4:080.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Otan trangoudao (When I Sing) 3:280.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Argonftes-pezonaftes (Argonauts-Pesonauts) 5:350.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Ah! Na perasi o piretos (O, Fever, Come to an End) 3:560.59  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Tessera filia (Four Kisses) 3:550.59  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Milo gia sena (I Tell of You) 4:280.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Ta lafira tis nichtas (The Spoils of Night) 2:340.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Aleksandra (Alexandra) 4:080.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Psachino to tragoudi (I Seek the Song) 4:050.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Deka lefkes (Ten Silver Poplars) 5:040.59  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Me meli (With Honey) 4:460.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. I fregada (The Frigate) 2:570.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Mideia (Medea) 3:340.59  Buy MP3 


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing Vocals 2 Feb 2008
Format:Audio CD
Melina Kana presents her beautiful and haunting vocals matched with mesmerzing roots-like music played on traditonal instruments creating a nearly perfect CD. The club sound of her hometown Thessaloniki comes alive, although she now resides in Athens. The poetic expressive lyrics dig deep emotional caverns - where the feelings reside for a long time within the listener. The many manifestations of love are expressed and interpreted with the intensity of rembetica ... which is a highly personalized blues-like expression of deeply intense feelings.

All the songs are in Greek and the translations which follow were obtained from the liner notes.
Track # 2 "I will wear silk" became a favorite among the younger generation of Athens. Track # 6 "Farouz" is highly appealing based on its modal musical influence harkening back to the Arabic roots sound. The referencs to Lebanon, "wa habibi", the ancient cedar trees and the hot plains of Bekaa reveal the longing and love for Farouz.

Track # 9 "O, Fever Come to an End" is among my favorites for its hypnotic musical phrases and the realistic lyrics ...
"An aspirin and a coffee
and then two cigarettes.
This evening the souls
creak uphill
Like rusty cars ...
O, fever come to an end
So that two friends can viisit us
and the self
that touches our lips
from the depths of a glass."

Track # 10 "Four Kisses" has excellent lyrics coupled with mesmerizing music ... "If I go mad tonight, And my heart screams, Blame the moon ... And I wander mad and screaming, For four kisses, Tonight I wear high heels, And a dress of silk and luxury."

Track # 13 "Alexandra" is filled with emotion-laden lyrics, pleading, accusatory, and sorrowful sung by a broken-hearted lover.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Music of Beauty and Originality 23 Feb 2001
By Mary - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am frequently in search of music by modern Greek artists which is both original yet authentic. Melina Kana's CD, "Portrait" is such. She sings with a haunting sweetness and a serious passion. The lyrics of her songs remind me of the demotika and laika songs I listened to as a child --- often with mythical references juxtaposed against strangely poetic interpretations of stark realities of the mundane world. Others of her songs transport us to another time and place. "Logia, Tsigara" reminds me of the rembetiko tragoudi yet it also reminds me of the quintessentially modern world --- perhaps the world of a Greek woman of the 21st century wherever she finds herself. "Argonaftes, Pezonaftes" transports me to Homer's Odyssey and also to the world of my Greek immigrant grandfather who told me quite fantastic stories of a world that he claimed his own and of which I could only dream. I did say Melina Kana's music will transport you. In "Milo Gia Sena" I imagined myself in northern Greece --- waterfalls, forests, and love --- somewhere near the Balkans. At other times I remembered the music of Rosa Eskanazi. The musicians who accompany Kana are "the bomb." Almost all acoustic instruments: clarino, violin, bouzouki, baglama, guitar, piano, and accordion. Alekandra (Salamandra)is about a fickle she-devil; the clarino is so pure and soulful, and it is the type of song reminiscent of the type I can remember an aunt singing as she cleaned house. Was she a housewife or a "tragoudistria"? This is the music of the double take. Kana and her musical collaborators and partners create a hypnotic space --- melodies and lyrics of beauty and originality that transport you. Again, the authentic and classic influences are clear to anyone who has listened to the full range of Greek music. It's beautiful. Buy it. You'll be glad you did. remember an
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing Music, Soulful Vocals with Rembetica Roots 25 Aug 2007
By Erika Borsos - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Melina Kana presents her beautiful and haunting vocals matched with mesmerzing roots-like music played on traditonal instruments creating a nearly perfect CD. The club sound of her hometown Thessaloniki comes alive, although she now resides in Athens. The poetic expressive lyrics dig deep emotional caverns - where the feelings reside for a long time within the listener. The many manifestations of love are expressed and interpreted with the intensity of rembetica ... which is a highly personalized blues-like expression of deeply intense feelings.

All the songs are in Greek and the translations which follow were obtained from the liner notes.
Track # 2 "I will wear silk" became a favorite among the younger generation of Athens. Track # 6 "Farouz" is highly appealing based on its modal musical influence harkening back to the Arabic roots sound. The referencs to Lebanon, "wa habibi", the ancient cedar trees and the hot plains of Bekaa reveal the longing and love for Farouz.

Track # 9 "O, Fever Come to an End" is among my favorites for its hypnotic musical phrases and the realistic lyrics ...
"An aspirin and a coffee
and then two cigarettes.
This evening the souls
creak uphill
Like rusty cars ...
O, fever come to an end
So that two friends can viisit us
and the self
that touches our lips
from the depths of a glass."

Track # 10 "Four Kisses" has excellent lyrics coupled with mesmerizing music ... "If I go mad tonight, And my heart screams, Blame the moon ... And I wander mad and screaming, For four kisses, Tonight I wear high heels, And a dress of silk and luxury."

Track # 13 "Alexandra" is filled with emotion-laden lyrics, pleading, accusatory, and sorrowful sung by a broken-hearted lover. Another highly poetic and beautifully expressive song is Track # 15 "Ten Silver Poplars". "Ten silver poplars were my dowry, Together with their silver, I became the quiver of their leaves, and the creature of their branches."

Anyone who loves Greek music and wants to connect with the heart and soul of both traditional music and modern expressive lyrics will immediately be hypnotized by Melina Kana and the Thessaloniki Sound on this CD.
Erika Borsos [pepper flower]
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Outstanding Greek Vocalist, A Fascinating Collection 1 Jan 2011
By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Simply put, Melina Kana is a great Greek vocalist and this album must be part of your world music collection. For those who want more than words of review, and owing to the absence of samples for "Portait" here, I suggest you listen to Amazon's .mp3 Digital Album, an anthology of her other songs. You will then discover that this Portrait album is even better! It is stronger, more beautiful, and more varied. Kana's songs and sensitivity are steeped in classic melancholy rembetika and tragic laiko, while not strictly in those styles. English translations of the songs are provided in the accompanying booklet, which will strengthen the moods as you listen. Fascinating lyrics, too, such as "An aspirin and a coffee/And then two cigarettes/This evening the souls/Creak uphill/Like rusty carts"; "Melancholy days, heavy drops of rain/Fall on pills and bottles/I seek no comfort/In films and books"; "At night and in the morning/Your love became a bitter torture/It turned into a song, into a plea,/Becoming the truth in my world of illusion". And that is just a taste. Kana has reached out to other Mediterranian influences, Rumanian gypsy music, and also to Turkmenistan in Central Asia; their rhythms and instrumentation can be heard on some tracks. These later tracks also are more upbeat and contemporary in sound. This is a well-edited, well-mastered, outstanding collection on the German Network label taken from her recent albums on Lyra, an indigenous Greek label. Duration is 69 minutes.
5.0 out of 5 stars lovely music! 12 May 2011
By kat - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Great singer, very touching voice, good greek songs! A great cd, highly recommended! She is one of the best greek female singers currently.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best singers in Greece 18 Sep 2000
By Sakis - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Melina Kana is one of the most creative singers to come out of Greece. Her songs are very poetic (thanks to cooperations with songwritter Thanasis Papakonstantinou), and the music is uniquely Greek, melodic, rich in content, and full of emotion. This is an anthology CD, containing a large PORTRAIT of songs from Melina's long career in music. It includes fast danceable songs such as "Alexandra" & "Ah Na Perasei O Pyretos"(Ah, let the fever pass away) and of course mostly slower songs. Suspiciously absent though from this collection is some of her most well known songs, such as the instrumental track from her collaboration with Ashkhabad from her album "Lafira", which also included one of my all time favorite tracks from her called "Armatolo", and also "Vale Krasi"(Pour on some wine). This album though is the perfect introduction to some good quality Greek music, and of course I recommend it 100%, but I'd also recomend you to get her 1998 release "Lafira"(Loot), which showcases more of her talent.I recomend this singer if you like Eleftheria Arvanitaki (also one of Greece's finest singers) and Eleni Tsaligopoulou. E-mail me for more info at sjikul@hotmail.com
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