Street in İzmir named after Greek singer

A street in İzmir’s Gaziemir district has been named after world-renowned Greek singer Haris Alexiou.
A ceremony was held Saturday in the Aegean district with the participation of Alexiou and other special guests. The street where Alexiou’s father was born was named “Haris Aleksiou Friendship Street.” (foto)
Speaking at the ceremony, Alexiou said she was delighted and honored. “My grandfather, my father and my mother lived on these lands for years,” she said. “We are from İzmir and I grew up with songs of İzmir. Today, I am here to renew the friendship between the two nations.”
Gaziemir Mayor Halil İbrahim Şenol, a member of the main opposition Republican People’s Party, or CHP, noted the common history of the Turks and the Greeks.
“Our children will not do the mistakes we and the earlier generations have done,” said the mayor. “Their only fight will be for peace.”
Şenol said it was an honor to name a street in the district after Alexiou, whose roots lie in Gaziemir and to host her in İzmir.
Alexiou, an advocate of peace and friendship between Turkey and Greece, is considered the most popular singer in Greece.
She has worked with important Greek songwriters and composers, has performed at top musical theaters all over the world and has received several awards. She has recorded over 30 albums and has been featured on albums of other musicians, including the Turkish singer and composer, Zülfü Livaneli.


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