From our professional life… Czech version
Martha & Tena are preparing the fifth CD with Greek songs.
Martha made the continuation of the Czech Television series „Postřehy odjinud“ (Observations from elsewhere), this time from the islands – Rhodes, Karpathos and Crete. Tena opens her 13th chamber within the Czech Television cycle.
Martha & Tena got the Multiplatinum record for more than 30,000 CDs sold. LP and MC albums „The Most Beautiful Greek Songs„. They perform concerts in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Supraphon record label released the second reedition of Martha’s album „Kresby tuší“ with 4 unreleased bonuses.
Martha celebrated her birthday at the festive premiere of documentary about „Zlatá lyra“ (notes: international music festival). In October Martha & Tena sang at the Gala Concert „Lyra 50 – Mám rozprávkový dom„.
Supraphon record label released the most comprehensive selection of Martha & Tena – 3CD „Golden Collection,“ which contains the 73 best Czech and Greek songs.
Czech Television broadcasts a 10-part series „Postřehy odjinud“ dedicated to Greece. Martha was a guide.
Tena translated the novel of Ch. Dimoulides, called „Deník úctihodné prostitutky“ (The Diary of a Venerable Prostitute). The title is completely disassembled.
The Publishing house Ikar published the autobiographical book „Martha a Tena dvojhlasně“ is based the two parts of which are a distinct expression of the view of the life of each of them.
Martha & Tena sang on their fourth Greek CD „V rytmu řeckého tance“ (Popron record label release).
Supraphon record label released a selection of their hits „Ať se múzy poperou… a dalších 23 hitů„.
Martha & Tena began to teach Greek dance.
Martha & Tena together with Jannis Asarlidis (buzuki) and Thomas Petsinis (guitar) are setting up the Colchid group. In their repertoire was Greek folk songs and music influenced by the famous era of Rebetiko, the urban folk of the 1920s.
Martha & Tena in cooperation with B.M.G. record label released the third common CD with Greek songs, called „Řecké slunce„.
Supraphon record label published the best of CD „Řecké prázdniny a největší hity„.
Supraphon record label released reedition of Martha’s solo album „Kresby tuší„, first time on CD.
BMG released the second CD with the Greek repertoire „Děti z Pirea„. Martha & Tena maked videos for songs „Agapise me“, „Thalassino trifyli“ and „Kokino garifalo“ in Crete Island. You can watch them on our YouTube channel.
Panton record label releases another Martha & Tena’s selection CD „The Best Of (To nejlepší z let 1969-1982)„.
Martha & Tena and Mrs. Georgie Zervas founded the Filhelen Foundation, which is dedicated to the promotion and dissemination of Greek culture.
At the same time Martha &Tena returned to singing together and they released their first CD „The Most Beautiful Greek Songs“ (Multisonic record label). For Czech TV they made music film“Řecko ’92“. They presented some songs from the album.
Martha published the very successful cookbook „Řecká kuchyně Marthy Elefteriadu„.
1988 – 1989
Martha collaborated with Václav Zahradník, leader of Czechoslovak Television Orchestra.
Martha & Tena with the band of Juraj Čierný released their new album „…a desky dál stárnou“ („…and the albums keep getting older“) for Czech and Slovak fans. Song of the same name was a big hit. It is the Czech version of Bucks Fizz’s „Making Your Mind Up“.
Martha released her solo album „Kresby tuší“ („Drawings by ink“), which becomed Award of the „Melodie magazine“ as „The pop album of the Year 1981“.
Martha began to play a role in famous „Semafor Theater“, where she starred in plays called „Smutek bláznivých panen“ and „Má hlava je včelín“.
In 1978 Martha & Tena performed in Oslo, Norway and in 1979 in Stockholm, Sweden with the band of Slovak musician Juraj Čierný (Tena’s husband). Tena stayed in Scandinavia in the years to come, she sang the world repertoire with Exi Band and First Choice Band. Martha joined them later.
Record label Panton released very successful album „Řecké prázdniny“ (Greek Holidays). Martha &Tena with popular singer Bob Frídl together sang at many concerts.
Martha & Tena released their fourth LP „Ať se múzy poperou“ („Let the Muses Fight On“) and won the bronze prize at „Bratislava Lyre“ festival. They visited their native Greece and perfomed in Elli Evangelidu’s TV show „Synchroni Eva“. In Greece they got inspiration for their next album with famous Greek songs.
Martha & Tena were successful at „Bratislava Lyre“ festival again. Their hit song „Náměstí“ (A Square) got a silver prize. Martha & Tena represented Czechoslovakia at a festival in Polish Sopot again. They performed a few songs in TV show in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Martha & Tena released their third vinyl „Modré království“ (The Blue Kingdom) with many pop hits. In the Czech radio stations dominated big hit „Dirlada“. They performed at many concerts in Poland.
Martha & Tena represented the Czech Republic at international music festival in Polish Sopoty. They released another vinyl long play album „Hrej dál“ („Play on“, czech version of „Hey Tonight“ ) and shot TV special in Bucurest, Romania. Their new hit „Albatros“ was awarded with silvery prize at the Czech song festival „Děčínská kotva“.
Martha & Tena were honored as the most selling artists by Panton record label. Their new EP album was called „Martha & Tena zpívají řecké písničky“ („Martha & Tena sing greek songs“). They were invited to perform together with many european music stars in Swiss Saint Gallen.
Panton record label nominated Martha & Tena for the music festival „Bratislava Lyre“ as young talents. They performed song „To všechno bolo včera“ („That all was yesterday“) and got the silver prize in song contest. After big success in Bratislava Martha & Tena performed in German TV show „Hits a go go“. This year they recorded their first album „Dál než slunce vstává“ (czech version of „Midnight Special“ song). The album contains many pop-rock-beat songs and czech version of the world hit „El Condor Pasa“ too.
End of the 60’s
In the end of 60’s Martha & Tena met young guitarist and composer Ales Sigmund. They started colaboration with „Vulkan“ group and popular sibling duo Hana and Petr Ulrych. After Ulrych’s depart to „Atlantis“ group became Martha & Tena main stars of Vulkan. In 1967 they enojyed the „1st beat festival“ in Czechoslovakia. In 1968 Martha & Tena recorded their first songs for Brno Radio and released their first vinyl single.
Elefteriadu sisters came to the Czechoslovakia as little children with their parents in 1950. Family escaped from Greece because of the civil war.