Wed, Oct 05, 2005 - Page 2 News List

Songstress Mouskouri hits town with `surprise' song

BY JENNY CHOU  /  STAFF REPORTER

Arriving in Taiwan yesterday morning ready for concerts in Taipei today and tomorrow, world renowned Greek songstress Nana Mouskouri held a press conference to share with fans her eagerness to perform in Taiwan again.

"I'm very happy to be here. It's a wonderful thing to come back," Mouskouri said, who visited Taiwan for the first time four years ago.

In response to being asked how many concerts she has given over the years, Mouskouri, whose career has spanned 45 years as one of the most successful singers in the world, said that she had "lost count," having performed around 120 to 130 concerts per year over the last 40 years.

Talking about what music has meant to her in all these years Mouskouri said, "As a young girl growing up after the war, the world was sad, there was no optimism; through music I found that love, freedom and peace still existed."

Mouskouri said that despite her fear of flying, "the pleasure of going somewhere and finding the audience" helped her to overcome this problem.

Known for singing in many different languages, in particular the country that she is performing in, Mouskouri said that it was due to her respect for different cultures of the world and that each place she has been to, big or small, has been very important to her.

She also confirmed that in the concerts she is due to hold in Taiwan, she will sing two Taiwanese songs, one of which is to be a surprise.

Speaking of her decision to take the final bow in her career, Mouskouri said, "Everything in life has to come to an end and nothing is forever."

She said that there were a lot of other things left to explore and discover in love, such as helping society and that she hoped to serve the music profession in other ways such as by teaching and training others.

In particular Mouskouri said that she hoped to work more with UNICEF, of which she is already an active member. Mouskouri also promised to hold a benefit concert sometime in the future in Taiwan.

As for singing, Mouskouri said, "I will always sing, as much as I can."

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