Despina Vandi

Greek singer

Despina Vandi (Greek: Δέσποινα Βανδή, pronounced [ˈðespina vanˈði]), born Despina Malea (Greek: Δέσποινα Μαλέα 22 July 1969), is a Greek singer and actress. Vandi has sold one million records in Greece.[1]

Despina Vandi
Δέσποινα Βανδή
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Despina Vandi in 2007.
Background information
Birth nameDespina Malea
Born (1969-07-22) 22 July 1969 (age 50)
Tübingen, Baden-Württemberg, West Germany
OriginKavala, East Macedonia and Thrace, Greece
GenresLaïko, pop, dance
Occupation(s)Singer, actress
Years active1992–present
LabelsMinos EMI, Heaven Music,
Escondida Music, The Spicy Effect

Vandi was born in Tübingen, West Germany. Her family returned to Kavala, Greece when she was six years old. She enrolled at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, but eventually dropped out to start her music career. Vandi moved to Athens in the early 1990s.

In 2003, she released the single "Gia" ("hello" or "goodbye") internationally. It became a big hit. In 2004, she did a cover of the Notis Sfakianakis song "Opa Opa". It was recorded in English which became a big hit worldwide. Even Antique has made a cover of this song.

Vandi is married to Demis Nikolaidis, ex-international soccer player and former president of AEK soccer club. She has two children, Melina (born in February 10, 2004) and Giorgos (born August 20, 2007).


Studio albums


  1. "Despina-Phoebus Ten Year Anniversary" (in Greek). ANT1. 2007-12. Check date values in: |date= (help)

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