8 Mar 2020

Interview: Greek pop star Marina Satti

From Standing Room Only, 2:25 pm on 8 March 2020

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Greek pop singer Marina Satti's track "Mantissa" became an anthem for young Greeks facing unemployment when it was first released in 2017, at the time of her country's debt crisis.

The accompanying music video featured Marina and other young women dancing, flash mob-style, down Athens streets, watched by clearly surprised members of the public. 

"Mantissa" got more than 40 million views and turned the singer and architecture student into a national sweetheart.

Marina Satti's mother is Greek and her father is Sudanese, and she tells Lynn Freeman she references both cultures in her music.

She'll be appearing at the  WOMAD music festival in New Plymouth, which starts on Friday.