01. Tsigane Spase to Violi
02. To Diko Sou To Marazi
03. To Minore Tis Avgis
04. Taximi Bouzouki
Rena Stamou grew up in an orphanage in Crete, Greece. At the age of thirteen, she moved to Athens to live with her mother. Soon she had to run away from home due to abuse by her step father. By chance, she found work as a care-taker in the house of legendary singer Rita Abatzi, who eventually introduced her to Rebetiko Music.
Rena worked for two years as part of a 'dream team' of Rebetiko musicians including Markos Vamvakaris, Vassilis Tsitsanis, Yiannis Papaioannou, Apostolos Chatzichristos, George Mitsakis, Stelios Chrysinis, Apostolos Kaldaras, Mpatis, Kaplanis, Stratos Pagioumtzis and Odysseas Moschonas. With her beautiful singing she made a name for herself and performed all around the world in places like Greece, England, France,Turkey, America, Australia, New Zealand. She recorded great Rebetiko songs such as 'Apopse M'Egkateleipses' (Tonight You Deserted Me), 'To Vasanaki' (The Little Torment), 'Tsiggane Spase To Violi' (Gypsy Break The Violin) and many more.
Rena Stamou recorded with the London Greek Collective (then "μουσουτού) in May 2011. Half of the album was recorded in London, at the house of Dr Dimitris Katsianos in Earls Court which was converted into a home studio! Adam Mamais was in charge of set-up and recording. The rest of the tracks were recorded in Athens. It was all mixed and mastered by a third party in a rather modern aeasthetic. We may produce a more traditional remix at a future point. Special thanks to the incredible three-string bouzouki player Yiannis Papavasileiou (Vlachos) for recording with us. Musicians from the London Greek Collective who recorded: Angelos Georgakis, Stelios Katsatsidis, Dimitris Katsianos, Pavlos Mélas