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Biography

Melina Aslanidou was born in Stuttgart though she soon returned with her family to Greece and grew up in Giannitsa.
Her first contact with music was in an early age when she started participating in the local choir and later on in the musical school events. In her 18 years she went to Thessaloniki for studies and later on she started singing in small student venues.
In 1996 she met Christos Mitrentzis, a remarkable Greek traditional musician and she collaborated with him in the following years. Together they took part at the WOMAD FESTIVAL in Berlin as representatives of the Greek traditional music.
In 2001 the group “Oi Apenantoi” is created where she is the frontwoman and they released the cd single “To Parelthon Thimithika”” and the song “Ti sou kana kai pineis” became a great hit.
In 2002 she withdraws from the group and starts working in Athens by collaborating with the famous Greek singer George Dallaras in live concerts and tours in Greece and abroad.
In 2003 she participated in the album of Nikos Antipas, Giannis Spathas and Lina Nikolakopoulou “Oposdipote Parathiro” with the song “Nai tha po” which climbed at the top of the radio charts.
In April 2003 she released her first album “To perasma” and in the summer of the same year she toured through Greece with Dimitra Galani.
In 2004 she appeared for the whole season in the live concerts of Eleftheria Arvanitaki and then she toured in the summer with the same set.
At the end of 2004 she cooperated with Giannis Kotsiras in his live shows.
In 2005 she released a CD single with three songs under the title “Treis Euhes” while in the end of the same year she released her second album “Paihnidi Einai”. Meanwhile she cooperated with Orpheas Peridis in a series of concerts in Athens and Thessaloniki.
In 2006 she appeared for a few shows next to the great Greek singers Dimitris Mitropanos, Glykeria and Stelios Dionisiou.
In the summer of 2007 she released the CD single “Psila Takounia” and she toured with Kostas Makedonas all over Greece. In wintertime she cooperated with Manos Pirovolakis and Giorgos Karadimos in a series of live performances in Athens.

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