Μαρίκα Παπαγκίκα (Marika Papagika)

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Marika Papagika Μαρίκα Παπαγκίκα (September 1, 1890 – August 2, 1943) was a popular Greek singer in the early 20th century and one of the first Greek women singers to be heard on sound recordings.

Marika Papagika was born on the island of Kos near Turkey on September 1, 1890. In late 1913 or early 1914, she recorded for the Gramophone Company in Alexandria, Egypt. Only one of those recordings have so far been found.

She emigrated to America through Ellis Island in 1915 with her husband, Kostas (Gus) Papagika, a cymbalom player who was also her accompanist. In July 1918, she made her first trial recording in the States for Victor Records, though her first published Victor recordings were made in December of that year. In July, 1919 she also began recording for Columbia Records. Marika Papagika was thus among the first to record Greek music in the USA.[1] She also recorded a number of songs in Turkish. By 1925, Marika and Kostas had opened a nightclub on in New York on W. 34th St near 8th Ave, called Marika’s, likely the first café-aman—a gathering place characterized by Greek cuisine and Greek music—to appear in the States. Marika’s wasn’t just a café-aman, but a speakeasy for Greek people as well as for other Mediterranean immigrants. Marika’s attracted not only Greeks as regular patrons, but also Albanians, Arabs, Armenians, Bulgarians and Turks.