Greek singer Rena Morfi – the frontwoman of the famous band Imam Baildi – is coming to the island this month for three shows. Though she will be performing neither with the band nor as herself, but as her alter ego Souli Anatoli, an on-stage persona she created inspired by her grandmother.
After years of success with the band, which she continues to be part of, she released a solo album in 2016 under the name Souli Anatoli. Her song Otan Sou Horevo was a hit in Greece and Cyprus, growing her fan base immensely. Now in the midst of recording her second album, she is putting on a new show.
Her concerts on Friday, Saturday and Sunday aren’t her first on the island. The singer has performed here before both as part of Imam Baildi and as Souli Anatoli. Two different venues will be hosting her this time with slightly different atmospheres.
Her first concert will be at RED Music stage in Nicosia; a late-night event with live music starting at about 10.30pm. Low lighting and loud music will be the key elements and Souli Anatali along with her band will take the crowd on a musical journey through past decades and future melodies as she’ll introduce elements from her new work.
Saturday and Sunday will find Souli Anatoli at Limassol’s Vinylio Wine Etc bar, a slightly more intimate venue yet one that still promises a party. This event will commence at 9.30pm and both evenings’ music will embody Greek-Latin elements that now characterise the singer. Blending tunes from East to West, the musicians will merge Columbia with karsilama sounds and bachata with tsifteteli and more.
Souli Anatoli (Rena Morfi)
Live performance by singer Rena Morfi as her alter-ego Souli Anatoli. Accompanied by her band. March 22. RED Music Stage, Nicosia. 10.30pm. €20. Tel: 99-059257, 96-245929. March 23 and 24. Vinylio Wine Etc, Limassol. 9.30pm. Tel: 99-300430