Harry Belafonte sings Thalassa Platia, a Greek song which translates to “Wide Sea” in English.
Thalassa Platia is a song composed by the great Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis for the movie titled Madalena.
The song was originally sung by the actress Aliki Vougiouklaki, and although she was never a real singer, her performance in this song is probably the best known performance.
However, we cannot help it but acknowledge how difficult it is to sing in Greek, therefore this performance by Harry Bellafonte is truly superb, so we choose to post it first.
Harry Belafonte is not a Greek singer of course, but he has shown his love to Greek music in many different ways. He has performed numerous times with known Greek singers and this song was performed in a live show and album with Nana Mouskouri.
Thalassa Platia depicts the sensitivity and melancholy of Hadjidakis’ music in the most distinctive way. It is a song that is both tender and sad…
” I have a desire that occupies my mind” sings the singer and of course, since we are Greeks, the sea is going to be the confessor. All Greeks go to the sea at their difficult or tormented moments, and no exception is made here.