All Parts Dark by Marika Politissa on Mississippi / Olivido Records (the album sleeve is an old creased black and white photograph of Marika Politissa)

Marika Politissa - All Parts Dark


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Marika “Politissa” Frantzeskopoulou was a Greek singer from Constantinople, renowned for her precise, fluid and graceful performances and depth of feeling. Backed by some of the best musicians of the era on lyra, violin, oud, kanonaki and guitar, Marika’s repertoire and techniques drew from Byzantine and Ottoman musical traditions. She possessed an ability to devastate her audience through her expressions of grief, exile, and tragic love, running the gamut of cafe aman, torch songs, lilting and fragile odes to heartache, heavy Piraeus style rebetika, and ecstatic Near-Eastern climaxes, all with a visceral sense of atmosphere, emotion, and fatalism.

Marika’s voice is complimented beautifully by her backing musicians, creating a pulsing acoustic foundation over which her voice soars with clarity and purpose.


  1. Niavent Manes (Νιαβέντ Μανές)
  2. I Kamomatou (Η Καμωματού)
  3. Matzore Manes (Ματζόρε Μανές)
  4. Dhen Me Toumbaris (Δεν Με Τουμπάρεις)
  5. Ola Ta Meri Skoteina (Όλα Τα Μέρη Σκοτεινά)
  6. S’ena Glenti Ta Mplexa (Σ' Ένα Γλέντι Τα 'μπλεξα)
  7. Arnaki (Αρνάκι)
  8. Peismateriko (Πεισματάρικο)
  9. Tzivaeri Manes (Τζιβαέρι Μανές)
  10. Moustaar Manes (Μοσταάρ Μανές)
  11. Rast Manes (Ραστ Μανές)
  12. Nini Manes (Νινί Μανές)


  • US import
  • Pressed on 160g vinyl
  • Reverse-board sleeve
  • Includes 12-page large format colour booklet with extensive notes, rare photographs and full lyrics



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