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Women Singers in Global ContextsMusic, Biography, Identity$
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Ruth Hellier

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037245

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037245.001.0001

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Kyriakou Pelagia

Kyriakou Pelagia

The Housewife/Grandmother-Star of Cyprus

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(p.112) 5. Kyriakou Pelagia
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Women Singers in Global Contexts
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Nicoletta Demetriou

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252037245.003.0006

This chapter turns to the life and career of Kyriakou Pelagia. She passed her childhood and much of her adult life undertaking women's roles of village domesticity in Cyprus, as homemaker and cultivator of produce, caring for her husband and raising a family. Singing was important to her as child, but she had no public outlet. Life changed in the 1990s with the introduction of private radio stations. Pelagia made frequent auditory appearances, resulting in an invitation to perform with a local music ensemble and record a CD, which subsequently led to national fame. With a singing career that began as an older woman in her fifties, her social role and offstage life as a housewife and grandmother is integral to her vocal performances.

Keywords:   Kyriakou Pelagia, women's roles, homemaker, housewife, village domesticity, private radio stations, social role

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