Nana Mouskouri to tour Australia in April
One of the top selling female vocalists with fans in every corner of the globe, the much loved 'White Rose of Athens', who has sold over 300 million albums is coming to Australia as part of her world tour where she has been celebrating her 80th birthday as well as the composers and writers who inspired her singing throughout the years. This is Nana's first tour back to Australia since 2005. Nana Mouskouri celebrated her 80th birthday on October 13, 2014.
One World Entertainment Director, Promoter, Andrew McManus said of this announcement, "It is a pleasure to be able to bring the unique Nana Mouskouri back to Australian audiences; she is an enormous talent with her soaring voice and distinctive look. She is still among the top 10 best-selling artists in the world and still travels to sell out performances all around the world. Nana Mouskouri belongs to a select group of performers that have remained at the top for decades. She can still do what she has always done best - sing songs a lot of people love very well. This is a chance for all Australians to come and see her and celebrate this visit."
"Regardless of trends in music, there are still a lot of people who want to listen to a great singer, singing good songs. And Nana Mouskouri does just that. Despite the length of her career, singing in many different languages, all around the world, she's still the girl from Greece with the big glasses and the great voice" - Liam Lever from Romania Insider.com.
NANA MOUSKOURI SHINING A LIGHT ON ISSUES FACING MALAGASY FAMILIES
Nana recently paid a visit to shine a light on the issues facing communities in Madagascar.
20 years as an Ambassador for UNICEF, a former Politician and a pacifist, Nana's hope was to draw added attention to the considerable challengers and constraints face but the country's vulnerable children and families.
"Over the years, with UNICEF, I've been able to travel to many places in the world to see the situation of children," she said. "But witnessing the challengers that children experience here in Madagascar has been heartbreaking."
Madagascar communities indeed face spectrums of challengers. In poverty to start with they may, at any minute find their meagre livelihoods destroyed by extreme weather. They may choose between nutrition and schooling. They may be grappling with hunger as they try to learn. "We must ensure that their struggles do not remain unheard and that we work towards making sure each and every child can grow up in a safe environment, get a better quality education - and has nutritious food," says Nana. Nana also performed a concert there for UNICEF.
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD FOR NANA
On March 26th, 2015 Nana will receive the ECHO Award for her Life achievement.
ECHO is an accolade by the Deutsche Phono-Akademie (de) an association of recording companies of Germany to recognise outstanding achievement in the music industry. The first ECHO Awards ceremony was held in 1992, it was set up to honor musical accomplishments by performers for the year 1991, succeeding the Deutscher Schallplattenpreis which were awarded since 1963. Each year's winner is determined by the pervious year's sales. Winners in the pop category are announced in March; the winners in the classical category in October.
Renowned for her never - ending farewells it is as if she wants to thank each fan of hers personally. World tour after world tour, song after song, album after album, Nana Mouskouri never seems to age or to want to call it a day in a career that has flourished continuously since 1959. Her audiences have come to know her as "The White Rose of Athens", the song she refers to as "my passport" as it was this song, recorded for a German documentary back in 1961, that first won her international acclaim.
Nana Mouskouri has recorded songs in many languages, including Greek, French, English, German, Dutch, Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew, Welsh, Mandarin Chinese, Corsican, and Turkish.
In a career spanning over many decades, 2014 marks 50 years since the Greek singer worked with legendary songwriter Harry Belafonte and had her first on stage appearance. - It has been a remarkable journey.