Giannis Ploutarchos on stage. Photo: Supplied
Giannis Ploutarchos, the singer with the innumerable hits and a career full of songs that have been loved by millions of Greeks around the world, once again lifted the spirits of Greeks in Australia.
Ploutarchos is currently touring with his children, Katerina and Giorgos Kakosaios, creating magical nights for one of his most dedicated audiences.
“It’s not an overstatement. What we are experiencing is deeply moving,” the successful performer told Neos Kosmos.
“I have come to Australia many times and every time the Greeks of diaspora surprise me pleasantly with their love.”
A love that he returns, not only through his live shows.
Ploutarchos has, for many years, contributed financially to the Agapi Foundation that houses and provides services for children with special needs. The Agapi Foundation is named after his parents, Panagiotis and Katerina Kakosaios.
He has also visited elderly homes and clubs to meet, entertain and above all listen to the issues the older generations of Greek Australians are experiencing.
“My love for the Greeks Down Under is deeply honest and no words can contain it. I truly admire the Hellenes in Australia,” he told Neos Kosmos.
HI current tour to Australia was made possible through the efforts of Giannis Leloudas and Kostas Tangalakis.
He has already performed in Brisbane and in Melbourne at Kinisi Live and on Sunday he took to the stage in Adelaide with three remaining performances in Sydney on 7 October, a return show in Melbourne on 8 October and a final show in Canberra on 9 October.
Ploutarchos has dominated the Greek charts for 25 years, having made huge successes the likes of Afieromeno, Ah Koritsi mou, Ola se sena ta Vrika, To kalytero paidi, Kamia den moiazei me sena matia mou, to name a few.
When asked about performing with his children he said “I am proud of them but also strict with them”.
“Nothing comes for free. They have to, with their own talent and perseverance to make a name for themselves in the industry”, adding that his son, Giorgos Kakosaios is already a professional singer having written a song for his father among other artists, while his daughter, Katerina Kakosaios has just completed her university degree and has come to Australia “for the experience as well”.
Born in Mavrogeia near Orhomenos, Greece, Ploutarhos is the child of a family that struggled to make do. He began to sing at the age of six and ten years later having decided that becoming a singer was his dream, he moved to Athens to pursue a career with the pretence that he wanted to study hairdressing. In Athens, he worked at salons by day and performed in night clubs by night.
He gave up on signing for a period due to the challenging circumstances and power-games in the industry but his undying love for signing brought him back two years later. Following the release of his second album, Ploutarchos has dominated the charts as one of Greece’s most loved and popular artists.