Mariza Koch

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Mariza Koch is a popular Greek folk singer.

Koch was born in Athens on March 14, 1944 to a Greek mother and a German father. Her father was executed by the Nazi occupation forces the very year of her birth and Mariza and her sister Eirini grew up in her mother's native Thera. At age 19 she returned to Athens to take music lessons. She first recorded an album - "Arabas" - in 1971 and soon established herself as a premier folk singer. In 1976, she took part in the Eurovision Song contest, held in Hague, with the song "Panagia mou, Panagia mou", written in protest of the Turkish occupation of Cyprus.

Besides traditional folk music - which is sometimes accompanied by synthesisers and other modern instruments - and Aegean island music, Koch has also recorded "Erotokritos" with Nikos Xylouris and has even written her own music.

Discography

  • Αραμπάς - 1971
  • Μια στο καρφί και μια στο πέταλο - 1973
  • Δυο ζυγιές παιχνίδια - 1974
  • Παναγιά μου Παναγιά μου - 1976
  • Άσε με να ταξιδέψω - 1977
  • Μια εκδρομή με τη Μαρίζα - 1978
  • Ένα περιβόλι γεμάτο τραγούδια - 1978
  • Αιγαίο - 1979
  • Ο Καθρέφτης - 1981
  • Στο βάθος κήπος - 1983
  • Τα παράλια - 1986
  • Εθνική Οδός - 1988
  • Οι δρόμοι του μικρού Αλέξανδρου - 1990
  • Διπλή Βάρδια - 1992