Niko Vertis is arvanitas? Here is the conversation about the origin of the singer between him and the mayor Veliaj
The well-known Greek singer, Nikos Vertis, has arrived in Tirana, where tomorrow evening he will hold a concert at the "Air Albania" stadium.
But did you know that the Greek music star has a special connection with Albanians and Albania? As he was received today by the mayor of the Municipality of Tirana, Erion Veliaj, the latter revealed a "secret", when he said that Vertis' real name is Nikos Arvanitidis, so he is Arvanitas from his grandfather.
"I am very happy that Nikos Vertis is finally in Tirana! Preparations for the concert tomorrow are going very well and we look forward to seeing you all there. I believe it will be an unforgettable evening. What you don't know is that the singer's stage name is Nikos Vertis, but his real name is Nikos Arvanitidis. For all Arvanites, but also for those who know the history of the Albanians of Greece and our relations, your surname is a reminder that there are more things that unite us than things that divide us. "Even with all the 'mice' of politics, art, music and the coexistence of our nations are the most important thing," said Veliaj.
For his part, the Greek singer said: "It's the first day, but you know the impression is great, your mayor is a person who can change the city. As I see it, you are very lucky to have this mayor, who has a vision for the youth and the development of the city. The next time we come here, this city will be a big surprise for us," said the well-known artist.
With a very successful career, around the world, Nikos Vertis is known especially for the hit "Thelo na me nioseis", which today has 195 million hits on YouTube, becoming the most listened Greek song, but also for his concerts in many countries of the world.