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ANNABOUBOULA is a Greek expression meaning a confusing, mixed-up noise— or “brou-ha-ha”. It was thought up in the late ’80s as a potential band name by Greek- American producer- turned- anthropologist CHRISTOPHER LAWRENCE, who promptly enlisted Greek singer ANNA PAIDOUSSI to front a downtown New York-meets-Athens experimental recording project.After hearing demos of Anna backed by a psychedelic trance-rock band, guitarist/ composer/ producer GEORGE SEMPEPOS came on board. In 1986 a debut EP “Hamam” was issued by Virgin Greece; exported to the US, France, and England, it became an underground cult classic.

In the years that followed, the project evolved into a proper band with an international following especially in what would come to be called “World Music” circles. They appeared at festivals such as WOMAD, on US and UK network television, and their US releases on Shanachie generated reams of critical praise and college radio airplay— even though almost all of their material was sung in Greek. In Greece they were a well-regarded novelty radio act; their influence continues to be heard today in numerous Hellenic dance music and would-be “World Beat” productions.
Ironically, the group went into hibernation in 1993 just as the concept it had pioneered— fusing contemporary electro-pop and rock with traditional music from so-called “exotic” sources— was becoming an accepted genre.
Anna, George and Chris however had already started recording a third full-length CD, and some of those tracks will be part of a forthcoming ANNABOUBOULA release in the months ahead.

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