Marina Satti (Greek: Μαρίνα Σάττι, IPA: [maˈrina 'sati]; 26 December 1986), also known as SATTI, is a Greek-Sudanese singer, songwriter and music producer. Her music combines elements of Greek traditional music with contemporary sounds and fonés rhythms and production.

Marina Satti
Μαρίνα Σάττι
Born26 December 1986 (1986-12-26) (age 33)
Athens
NationalityGreek
Sudanese
Known foracting, singing, music

In 2007, her musical talent earned her a scholarship at Berklee College of Music from which she graduated in 2011, majoring in Contemporary Writing & Production. In 2017, her single "Mantissa", inspired by the traditional music of Epirus, went viral on YouTube, reaching over 40 million views to this day.[1]

Early Life and StudiesEdit

Marina Satti was born in Athens, Greece to a Sudanese father and Cretan mother. She was raised in Heraklion, Crete in a culturally diverse environment that had a significant impact on her musical development, as well as on the multicultural nature of her artistic career. From a very early age, Satti showed an interest in music and drawing. She began classical piano training at the age of 7 and classical vocal training in high school, whilst also developing a passion for choral music. After finishing school, she moved to Athens to study Architecture at the National Technical University of Athens. While in Athens, she studied theater at the Veaki Drama School as well as at the Central Stage School of Drama and began studying jazz music at the Philippos Nakas Conservatory.

In 2009, Satti earned her degree in classical piano and music theory and was awarded a distinction and first prize after completing her diploma in classical singing under professor Panos Dimas. That same year she represented Greece at the European Jazz Orchestra (EBU), performing the music of Peter Herbolzheimer across Europe. In 2010, she performed with the World Jazz Nonet at the John F. Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. and participated in the a cappella music group The Singing Tribe that sang alongside Bobby McFerrin. Having received a scholarship to study at Berklee College of Music, Marina Satti graduated in 2011, majoring in Contemporary Writing & Production, studying under Danilo Perez, Jamie Haddad, Simon Shaheen, John Patittuchi, and Christiane Karam among others. During her years at Berklee, she developed her signature musical style by combining elements of Greek, Arabic, and Balkan traditional music, all of which she grew up with from a very early age.

CareerEdit

In 2016, Satti released her single "Koupes", an original, contemporary rendition of a traditional Minor Asian song. "Koupes" received widespread attention, reaching more than 22 million views on YouTube, and was included in Ravin & Bob Sinclar's Buddha Bar: 20 Years Anniversary compilation album. In December 2016, Satti voiced the character of Moana in the Greek-language version of the Walt Disney animated picture Moana.

Her single "Mantissa", released in May 2017, reached the top of the Greek and Bulgarian charts in less than one week. The song, composed and arranged by Satti, earned her an international deal with Universal Music Berlin and has reached more than 40 million views on YouTube to this day. "Mantissa" drew the attention of the international press with Global Citizen describing it as "the song of the summer" [2] and NPR as "the summer hit that fills a generation with hope". [3]

In November 2017, Satti performed at Google's Europe On Stage event at the Bozar Center for Fine Arts in Brussels as part of the "10 most interesting YouTube acts of 2017". In September 2018, she performed with the group fonέs at the United Nations Champion of the Earth Awards in New York. That same year, she was voted "Female musician of the year" by the readers of Votre Beaute magazine.

Satti is the founder and artistic director of the polyphonic group fonés and the female choir chόres.

Satti has performed in over 15 countries across the globe and has collaborated with artists such as Phoebus Delivorias, Nikos Kypourgos, George Dalaras, Pavlos Pavlidis, Dionysis Savvopoulos, Paco De Lucia, Patrice Rushen, Simon Shaheen, Maria Mulata, and Mavis Staples.

fonésEdit

In 2016, Marina Satti founded fonés, a female a cappella group performing traditional polyphonic songs from all over the world.

Marina Satti and fonés have performed at venues such as the Ancient Theater of Epidaurus, the Odeon of Herodus Atticus, the Athens Concert Hall, and the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center, collaborating with numerous artists including Phoebus Delivorias, Dimitris Kalantzis, Nikos Kypourgos, George Dalaras, Pavlos Pavlidis, and Dionysis Savvopoulos. In the summer of 2018, they performed the role of the chorus of the Oceanids in the tragedy Prometheus Bound at the Little Theater of Ancient Epidaurus. In September 2018, fonέs performed at the United Nations Champions of the Earth Awards in New York while in November of that same year, they performed at the flame lighting ceremony of the 36th Athens Classic Marathon. Fonés consists of Erasmia Makridi, Elena Papadimitriou, Eleni Pozatzidou, and Virginia Fragkoulatzi.

chόresEdit

In 2017, Marina Satti curated a series of cultural events dedicated to traditional music from all over the globe. These events gained widespread attention from young women expressing an interest in traditional, polyphonic singing, an interest that lead to the formation of the choir chόres. The chόres group is an arts incubator consisting of 50 women aged 14-45, focused on the study of music, polyphonic singing, dance, and acting as well as on the overall development of artists with a thorough education and astute social conscience. With music as its cornerstone, the chόres group utilizes all modes of expression in order to experiment on the fusion of elements from diverse cultures.

YALLA!Edit

In order to harmoniously combine the diverse elements that inspired her as an artist, Satti envisioned a performance consisting of aspects from the various cultures she grew up in. In June 2018, Marina Satti and fonés, unveiled YALLA!, a dazzling performance consisting of a repertoire of world music, pop compositions by Satti as well as contemporary renditions of traditional songs from all over the world, with a particular focus on Eastern Mediterranean traditional music such as Greek, Turkish, Bulgarian, and Arabic. YALLA! was first presented at the "Melina Merkouri" Open Air Theater as part of the Gender Equality Festival organized by the Greek Secretariat for Gender Equality and has since toured Greece and traveled overseas to France, England, Switzerland, as well as to Tampere, Finland for the 2019 World Music Expo.[4] YALLA! is currently continuing its journey across the globe, defying geographical and cultural boundaries. In the summer of 2019, YALLA! 2.0, a new, evolved version of YALLA!, was presented during the Summer Nostos Festival at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center. With over 70 onstage personnel and a spectacular combination of music, choreography, and stunning visuals, YALLA! 2.0 received widespread praise for the size and quality of its entire production.

TheaterEdit

Marina Satti has been actively involved in theater for over a decade, having participated in numerous performances either as an actress or composer. She has worked with the National Theater of Greece, the Greek National Opera, the Athens Festival and has collaborated with renowned directors such as Akilas Karazisis, Lydia Koniordou, Nikos Mastorakis, Thomas Moschopoulos, and Constantinos Rigos among others.

Plays
Year Title Role Theater
2006 Little Shop of Horrors Crystal Kivotos Theater
2013 Women of Trachis Chorus National Theater of Greece
2013 Demones Chorus Pallas Theater
2013 Trojan War Andromache Pallas Theater
2014 Hippolytus Chorus National Theater of Greece
2014 Shrek The Musical Princess Fiona National Theater of Greece
2015 Assemblywomen Chorus National Theater of Greece
2015 Jason and the Golden Fleece Medea Badminton Theater
2016 West Side Story Maria Athens Concert Hall
2017 Erotokritos Aretousa National Opera of Greece - Alternative Stage
2018 Once "Girl" National Opera of Greece - Alternative Stage

FilmographyEdit

Film
Year Title Role Notes
2016 Moana Moana Greek-language Version
Television
Year Title of the show Channel Role Notes
2008-2009 G4 ALPHA Marina Guest Star
2011 Steps ΑΝΤ1 Ewa Sakka Protagonist


DiscographyEdit

SinglesEdit

Year Title
2012 Ena Kalokairi (Ένα Καλοκαίρι)
2013 Argosvineis moni (Αργοσβήνεις μόνη, ft. Tareq)
2016 Tha Spaso Koupes (Θα Σπάσω Κούπες)
2017 Nifada (Νιφάδα)
Mantissa (Μάντισσα)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Η υφολογία και η σωματικότητα της «Μάντισσας»". Η Εφημερίδα των Συντακτών (in Greek). Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  2. ^ "Meet the Woman Who Wrote the Song of the Summer". Global Citizen. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  3. ^ "A Greek Summer Hit Fills A Generation With Hope". NPR.org. Retrieved 2019-12-09.
  4. ^ "Neuigkeiten von der Weltmusikmesse WOMEX". www.radioeins.de (in German). Retrieved 2019-12-09.