Ya Habibi - Despina Vandi & Kings

Provocative Music Video for “Ya Habibi” by the beautiful Despina Vandy and Kings

Greek singer and actress Despina Vandi delighted her fans with a long-awaited return to music. In April, she released a new song in collaboration with the Greek pop-dance group Kings titled “Ya Habibi“. This collaboration is a captivating blend of talent and glamour, leaving fans eagerly awaiting its release.

“Ya Habibi” was released under the prestigious Greek label of Panik Records. The song quickly gained popularity, with fans from around the world flocking to the YouTube video. Within just a few hours, the song amassed tens of thousands of views.

The music is by Teo Tzimas, who collaborated with Johnny King on the lyrics, and produced it with Paris Kalpos.

Despina Vandi may not be as prominent today, but two decades ago, her name in Greece was synonymous with musical excellence. Her influence on Greek modern pop music is nearly indisputable. Vandi was born in Tübingen, Germany, and moved with her family to Kavala, Greece, at the age of six. She began her music career in the early 1990s and signed a contract with Minos EMI, releasing two albums with them, “Gela Mou” in 1994 and “Essena Perimeno” in 1996. Since then, Vandi has consistently showcased her artistry, captivating audiences with her voice and stage presence.

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Despina Vandi / Photographer: Fotistsatsis / CC BY-SA 4.0

The public became more acquainted with her shortly after the release of her first albums when she teamed up with composer and producer Phoebus. This collaboration proved mutually beneficial, helping her reach new musical heights. With albums like “Deka Endoles” and “Profiles,” she took another musical step, blending Greek traditional music with pop influences.

In 2000, Vandy released her dance single “Ipofero,” which became the best-selling Greek single in Virgin stores in Greece of all times. This success led to a contract with the publisher “Heaven Music” and marked the beginning of her journey towards an international career.

In 2001, she released the single “Gia,” which not only conquered Greece and Cyprus, but it’s Despina Vandy’s only song on the Billboard Hot Dance Airplay chart.

The new single “Ya Habibi” marks a new chapter in Vandi’s illustrious career. Her collaboration with the talented Kings demonstrates her ability to push musical boundaries. The song seamlessly blends traditional Greek music elements with contemporary rhythms. The accompanying music video enhances the overall listening experience, and Despina Vandi’s talent remains timeless.

“Ya Habibi” is more than just a catchy song; it’s a bridge connecting older traditions with a new generation. An interesting promotional moment for the song was a TikTok video shared by the singer, featuring Despina Vandi and her daughter Melina playfully imitating the vocals of the song. This video delighted fans and quickly gained an impressive 1.3 million views.

@desp1navandiofficial #Yahabibi #spotify #fyp @kingsbandtv ♬ πρωτότυπος ήχος – kingsbandtv

In addition to her thriving music career, Despina Vandi is also a prominent figure on popular television shows, including “The Voice of Greece” and “Rising Star”. She frequently participates in various musical events as a guest, mentor, judge, or host.

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