Marika Ninou was of Armenian descent and her real name was Evangelia Atamian. She was born in 1922 on the evangelical vapor bringing her mother, her two sisters, and her eight-year-old brother, Barkev Atamian, from Smyrna to Piraeus]. She got out of her mom's belly and bruised, and because they thought she wouldn't live, she was taken to a warehouse. However, he met, survived and was immediately baptized by the Evangelist's captain, and that is why he was called the Evangelist.

They settled in Greece at Kokkinia, 50 Megara Street. At 7, Evangelia Atamian was enrolled in the Armenian school of the Armenian Blue Cross "Zavarian". In fact, her teacher encouraged her to learn mandolin, which she did, and eventually participated in the school orchestra. Her vocal qualifications appear to have been very low, as a pupil of elementary school was still calling her to the Armenian Church of Agios Iakovos in Kokkinia to sing in the Holy Week.

In 1939, she married her compatriot, Hake Mesropian, who was a locksmith and owned a shop in Kokkinia. In 1940 their son, Ovanes was born, but the couple divorced and in 1946 Mesropian left for Armenia.

Already in 1944, and after its partition, Nino had met the acrobat and admirer Nikos (Nino) Nikolaidis. At first Marika worked at the treasury, but then they became with Nino's acrobatic artist duo Nino and toured. They later married and became Evangelia Nicolaidou. The name Marika was stuck by her mother Nino, a theatrical artist, because she referred to Marika Kotopouli. The adjective Nino came from Nino the acrobat and, thus, Evangelia Atamian became Marika Nino. In 1947 she joined the group and her son, Ovanes, was renamed Two and a Half Nino. In their performances, Marika also said no folk songs.

They were sometimes invited to the Salamis port to do stunts. There at one time the admiral, who was very fond of Turkish songs, asked Nino to hear one. Ninou hesitantly sang a Turkish song she knew from her mother, the admiral was particularly pleased, but the one who was thrilled by her voice was Petros Kyriakou. He met this with Manolis Chiotis, who first released it in June 1948 with his songs Hours I Peek and I'll Tell You My Secret.

In October 1948, Stellakis Perpiniadis took her with him as a singer to G. Melita's downtown Florida on Alexandra Avenue. Perpiniadis had met her in the recording studio when recording Chiotis' songs. In November 1948 Marika Ninou made a disc with Giannis Papaioannou and more specifically the song 'Eat The Child'. In 1949, Ninou premiered songs by George Mitsakis and in October of the same year he recorded Vasilis Tsitsanis' For the Eyes I Love.

Ninu was cut off from Florida because she considered a few of the 25 drachmas she was getting for a day and when she asked for an increase, they were not given her. It was fortunate, however, because it was then that Tsitsanis resigned from Jimmy's Tavern at Acharnon Street 77, Sotiria Bellou and Ninou took her place with 90 drachmas. With Ninou at Jimmy the Thick, Tsitsanis has said that the queue of people in front of the shop was as far as Saint Panteleimon.

Although Nino's collaboration with Tsitsanis was short-lived (since she was always on vacation due to crushing characters), she has been through history as magical and legendary. From her appearances at the Jimmy Coarse Tavern, she released a recording in 1977 of a recording that was made there with a tape recorder in 1955 by an amateur. On the cover of this album there are numerous inaccuracies about her life and her Armenian origin is hidden.

In October 1951 he made some appearances in Constantinople with Tsitsanis and Evangelia Margaronis in the center of Casablanca, where they were accommodated. Their pay was three gold pounds Tsitsanis, two pounds Nino and one Margaroni. With what she gathered in Constantinople she began to build her home in Aigaleo.

Marika Ninou also successfully sang some of the so-called archontorets, which she transformed with her voice and made them sound rebetika and so passed them on to other social strata. In 1954 he discovered he had uterine cancer. Then he decided to go to the United States of America for two main reasons. The first reason was to sing and be able to support the four-member family of her brother, Barquev, who also had cancer, as well as her son, Ovanes, since earning a living in the United States. from the song they were too big. The second reason was to try out the best healing methods he had heard there were. In the USA. She returned in 1956. Then Marika Ninou was helped by hospital expenses, doctors, tickets, and even clothes, by Rena Dalia and Costas Kaplanis.

Before going to America he had undergone cancer surgery in Athens, but in America there was a rapid metastasis. He returned to Greece, where he worked for awhile in pain and eventually died on Sunday, February 23, 1957, at the age of 35 [1] [4]. She was buried in the Slate of Naples next to her brother, Barkev Atamian, who had died in 1955. There are neither their graves nor their bones. There are several photos of her, three appearances in black and white film, interpreting songs and a few of her clothes guarded by her nephew (daughter of her brother) Guillaume Atamian-Ansarian.

Marika Nino's life inspired the script for his 1983 film, Costa Ferris, Rebetiko.

Manos Hadjidakis wrote about Marika Ninou, dedicating to her the album of Pericles (1974): "All this work is dedicated to the memory of the unique Marika Ninou who, without knowing it, with the knife of her voice, engraved them in us names of gods of humility and Byzantine decline ".

Panos Geramanis, in a tribute he made to Nino in 2003, said, among other things: "Marika Nino's presence marked a new era in the interpretation of folk song and at the same time established a new perception on the stage of the popular centers of his era." 50 ".

George Papadakis wrote about Nino: "Just as Marko Vamvakaris' cruel, short and sloppy voice depicts the man of the rebetiko of his time, so does Nino's voice embody the feminine character in the songs that Thassian wrote during those years. Papaioannou, Mitsakis (...) Singing, paints familiar and familiar in the wider area of ​​urban popular society female characters ". Vasilis Tsitsanis has said, among other things, about Nino: "He had a special interpretive ability, he had something else. When he was singing he literally tasked the world. He sang and taught along with the song, like the teacher who taught the students. He was born for copper. "

Discography

In the 78-speed discography, Marika Ninou recorded 174 songs, of which one third belong to Tsitsanis and the rest to 20 other Greek artists. In 119, out of these 174, he sings the first voice, and in the second 55. He also left 9 songs by Tsitsanis recorded in the summer of 1954 in the Parnassos Room by a French workshop, as well as 11 songs live on Jimmy the Thick in 1955.

Of the 119 songs recorded by Marika Ninou on 78 rpm, 34 were recorded at His Masters Voice, 37 at Columbia, 8 at Odeon, 6 at Parlophone, 12 at Melody, 20 at Liberty America and 2 at Apollo Australia. The dates listed below are probably very accurate, except for the 20 Liberty America songs, so they are listed separately.

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