Soon after her birth, Anita and her family left for Wales. In 1971 they hopped in a Volkswagen camper and finally settled for a couple of years on an island called “Halki,” near Rhodes, which you could not find on a map at the time. Years later the family would move to England for a few years, before returning to Greece. The family remained in Athens, Greece until her father died in 2001. Afterwards, Anita’s mother moved to an island called Andros. 10 years later she moved back to the United Kingdom where she has lived ever since.
Her love of traditional Greek music began when she was 7 years old. She used to perform with her father, a well-known bouzouki (Rebetika) player in Greece at the time. She sang while he played both the Bouzouki and Ud. She was raised singing traditional Greek music on the island of Halki, in Athens and later on the island of Andros, where her family own a house. Anita occasionally performs with her Greek and Sephardic group “I Meraklides” in New York, when she has time (a rare moment spent away from working at bahs). Anita and Beth Bahia Cohen have performed Greek and Sephardic music together in NY since 2005.