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Rita Abatzi


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Rita Abatzi (also spelled Abadzi; Greek: Ρίτα Αμπατζή) (1914 – 17 June 1969) was a Greek rebetiko musician who began her career in the first part of the 1930s.
She was born in Smyrna (now Izmir), Turkey. Some sources have given her year of birth as 1903. A versatile singer of rebetiko, Smyrneika and other music, she was a popular performer on gramophone records in the 1930s. During that decade, the only female singer of rebetiko who rivalled her in popularity, and in the number of her recordings, was Roza Eskenazi.

Abatzi performed with many of the most famous musicians including Panayiotis Toundas, Vangelis Papazoglou, Kostas Skarvelis, Iakovos Montanaris, Spyros Peristeris, Dimitrios Semsis, I. Ogdontaki up to Markos Vamvakaris and Vassilis Tsitsanis. Her career ended after World War II. She died in Egaleo (Athens), Greece.
Her sister, Sofia Karivali, was also a notable singer of rebetiko.

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    i'm in love with her. she must be mine!

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  • ErgotGnome

    You must listen to the alluring vocal instrument of Rita Abatzi, her voice is like the sound of the most beautiful violin in the world.

    21 Jan 2009 Reply

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