Nana Mousk­ouri


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What mu­sic are you cur­rently grooving to? I lis­ten to mu­sic that comes fresh and new. Mu­sic for me is a moral law and I re­spect it very much.

What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favourite al­bum? I have many me­morable al­bums, by Bob Dy­lan, Ella Fitzger­ald, Bil­lie Hol­i­day… Leonard Co­hen’s You Want It Darker is a hard record to lis­ten to but very spe­cial. I’ll say Amy Wine­house’s Frank. That al­bum was a big les­son for me. A song I have fol­lowed in my life is Over The Rain­bow, sung by Judy Gar­land. I saw that film [The Wizard Of Oz] when I was a lit­tle girl in the cin­ema where my fa­ther was a pro­jec­tion­ist, and from that point I wanted to be Dorothy.

What was the first record you ever bought? And where did you buy it? Bil­lie Hol­i­day’s Strange Fruit and Elvis Pres­ley’s Blue Suede Shoes, from a shop in Athens. I still have them.

Which mu­si­cian, other than your­self, have you ever wanted to be? I learned so much from other singers, but I had to make my own way.

What do you sing in the shower? Ha! I don’t.

What is your favourite Satur­day night record? For a party, a Greek song, Hartino To Feg­garaki, or Pa­per Moon. It speaks about how, even if you wish for some­thing un­der a false moon, if you are real, any­thing can be re­al­ity. The great ac­tress Melina Mer­couri sang it.

And your Sun­day morn­ing record? I will not lis­ten right away. I will call my chil­dren and my grand­chil­dren, I will look at my mail, then I will find songs that will cheer me up. For in­stance, Leonard Co­hen’s Bird On The Wire.

Nana plays Lon­don’s Royal Fes­ti­val Hall on Oc­to­ber 17. Her new al­bum For­ever Young is out now Wrasse Records.

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