Moderna Hira by Roza Eskenazi. I Thessalonikia by Roza Eskenazi. Giannoula by Roza Eskenazi. Do you need help? Visit the help section or contact us. Go back to filtering menu. Although Roza had toured extensively throughout the Balkans, it was only in that she made her first tour of the United States to perform for the Greek and Turkish Diasporas there. This was the first of several musical tours overseas. In , Albanian impresario Ayden Leskoviku of the Balkan Record Company invited her to perform and record in Istanbul, the city where she was born.
Although this was a relatively paltry sum, she later claimed that her performance fees and tips were ten times that amount. On 5 July , during her second trip to the U. The wedding seemed to have been in name only. This was necessary for her to get a work permit in the U.
Nevertheless, Eskenazi loved America and would have emigrated there were it not for her other love, Christos Philipokopoulos. She returned to Athens in so that she could be with him. She bought the two of them a large house in Kipoupoli with the money that earned in the States, as well as two trucks and some horses.
She and Philipakopoulos would live in that home for the rest of her life. Eskenazi was now in her sixties, and the music scene in Greece had changed considerably since she launched her career over four decades earlier. Smyrneiko the music of İzmir and Rebetiko had declined in popularity, and she, as well as other masters of the genre, were relegated to occasional appearances at village festivals and other small events.
Though she did record a few songs over the coming years, these were mainly covers of her older, well-known hits, made for minor recording companies in Athens. It was only in the late s that there was some renewed interest in her earlier work. RCA recorded two 45s containing four of her songs including "Sabah Amanes" with violinist Dimitris Manisalis, but the release was limited.
All this changed, however, in the final days of the military dictatorship in the early Suddenly, the youth of the country developed a renewed interest in the urban songs of the past, and several important compilations were released. One of the best known was Rebetiki Istoria , a six-record collection of Rebetiko music, which sold hundreds of thousands of copies. What set this decade apart from her earlier career was the widespread appearance of television.
Roza quickly adapted to the new medium and appeared on a number of shows. In , she was documented in the short film To Bouzouki directed by Vassilis Maros and in she did a TV special with Haris Alexiou , which included interviews and songs, as well as a couple more appearances. Throughout that time, however, Roza never abandoned her roots in the country's nightclubs, and she did a weekly live show in Themelio , a nightclub in Plaka. As one of the few surviving Rebetiko singers who remained active at the time, artists and musicologists began studying her style, which was deemed "authentic".
This had a lasting impact on a new generation of performers including Haris Alexiou whom she appeared with on television and Glykeria. The tragedy was that while musicians and academics were intrigued by her abilities, as well as by her insights into a lost musical world, the general public was less enthusiastic, and considered her more of a curiosity.
Nevertheless, she continued to perform, giving her last show in September , when she was at least 80 years old, in Patras.
Eskenazi spent her twilight years in quiet, at her home in Kipoupoli, together with Christos Philipakopoulos. Although she was a Jew from birth, she converted to the Greek Orthodox faith in , and was renamed Rozalia Eskenazi. Within two years, she began to show symptoms of Alzheimer's disease and would occasionally get lost as she made her way home.
In the summer of , she slipped at home and broke her hip. This led to three months in the hospital, with Christos constantly by her side, tending to her every need.
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