After Julio Iglesias, Tom Jones and Charles Aznavour, legendary Greek singer Nana Mouskouri has signed a contract for one concert in Israel, on February 18, at Tel Aviv’s Nokia Arena.
Mouskouri, 79, was born in Crete, and despite a birth defect in her vocal cords, she amazed people with her clear and remarkable singing voice from an early age.
She released her debut album in 1960, and the person responsible for her international stardom was musician Quincy Jones, who met her two years later and got her to record a jazz album in New York.
In her 53-year career, Mouskouri has recorded hundreds of albums in different languages, including Hebrew, and sold hundreds of millions of copies. In 2008, she took a break only to return three years later.
Mouskouri is referring to her upcoming performance in Israel as “the beginning of the celebration of my 80s.” During the Tel Aviv concert, she is likely to perform the song “Erev Shel Shoshanim” (“Evening of Roses”), which she sang in the past with late Israeli-French singer Mike Brant.
Mouskouri’s performance will complete a series of visits by past music legends, including Tom Jones and Cliff Richard, Julio Iglesias, José Feliciano and Neil Sedaka, who have all drawn huge audience to their concerts.
Why are they coming to Israel now, after their prime years? It’s a combination of the comfortable price these artists demand – not more than several hundreds of thousands of dollars – and an Israeli audience which loves nostalgia and is usually willing to pay high prices for tickets, which makes the business quite profitable for producers.