I will always bring myself back to Greece. I never want to be Mario the "foreign" Greek. I always want people to see me as a "child of Greece". I want people to say "our native son Mario is now in Japan, in the c.".
Folk dance notes
Mario'S interview AT T, t: Mario, hello from everyone at t and thank you for taking the time to answer to our questions. T: I read in one of your biographies that you were born in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe) but at the age of 4 your parents sent you to Greece, to live with your maternal aunt Loula and her. She had a heart of gold and helped everyone no matter what. Ever since my aunt and uncle's untimely deaths, the house went quiet, but all our memories are still alive. T: What's your relationship with your family? Do you have any siblings? My relationship with my family changed drastically when I left Africa to live with my aunt Loula and uncle George in Athens. My real mother has made a home there now. We are a very close family and we love and support each other and always wish each other well - and whoever is in need we always run to support one another, but because of what I do, they can't always keep up with me just as I can't keep up. Don't forget, girls develop faster than boys, and so a boy shouldn't be pushing his voice before it cracks. So for boys 14 or 15 years old is the best time to start training a voice. My father was third generation Greek-African, who even though his roots were in Kassos he had never visited the island during his life. I decided go and make the connection years later. Just like you see in the old movies, my mother left Corfu to take a huge trip to marry my father in Africa. Circumstances were difficult - there was no internet then - and they sent letters to each other.