Have you ever attended a Greek wedding or have you heard a Greek wedding song?
As probably in every country, every wedding is different; you can find various wedding customs, traditions, and songs, depending on the family and its roots and/or beliefs.
In September 2019, the Greek music scene mourned the loss of one of the greatest performers and songwriters, Lavrentis Machairitsas. Here we explore his life, his legacy and some of his most celebrated songs.
A Greek Traditional Dance From Crete – If you like Greek dances, then let’s learn about the “siganos”.
As you may know, every region in Greece has different dances, music and rhythms. The dances of Crete also belong to a special category. The main instrument in most of the Cretan music is the “lyra”, and usually, the rhythm of the dances is fast and the steps are rather difficult. But there is an exception: a slower dance called “siganos”.
Proverbs help you understand how Greeks think. The song we present you today is called “Proverbs”. It was written in 1987 by Melina Tanagri. It contains 11 well-known Greek proverbs. By listening to Greek songs you not only enjoy the music but also learn a lot about the Greek language and culture. So with this song, you will have “killed two birds with one stone” (m’ énan sbáro dyó trigónia), as Greeks say.
Greek Music by Stavros Xarhakos and Alkistis Protopsalti! If you are you in love with Greek music, then listening to songs composed by famous Greek composer Xarhakos and performed by famous Greek singer Alkistis Protopsalti should be added to your to-do list.
The Greek movie, Ouzeri Tsitsanis, was released in December 2015, and is based on the book by the same title, written by George Skarbadonis. The story takes place in Thessaloniki during the winter of 1942-’43. In spite of funding issues during the financial crisis in Greece, fortunately, the Greek cinema was still productive.
Greek choir in Stockholm, Orfeas, and the magic of Greek music! An Omilo student from Sweden, Gail Ricksecker, writes about her passion, Greek music and learning Greek.
Since 2005 Omilo welcomes every summer many students from all over the world on the island of Syros. Our students have three things in common: they love Greek culture, they want to learn the Greek language and they want to explore the “real Greece”. For that reason, we chose to move our school to the island of Syros during the months of July, August and September.
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