Greeks, whenever they were facing difficulties, which is still something happening very often, have found a way to overcome and even to celebrate! The following Rebetiko song by known composer Tsitsanis is an example of how Greeks deal with difficulties! This philosophy is very helpful to face life difficulties, with more optimism!
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Greek Rembetika music is closely connected to the name of Markos Vamvakaris, whose great significance for this genre is also reflected in his nickname: “the patriarch of the rebetiko.”

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ATHENS, Greece, September 2, 2021
ΑΘΗΝΑ, Ελλάδα, 2 Σεπτεμβρίου 2021

Mikis Theodorakis, the beloved and internationally known Greek composer, whose music and political life are also well-known abroad, died on September 2nd, 2021. He was 96.

Theodorakis’ career, which started in his early years, produced a hugely varied body of work. He has not only composed symphonic music, music for operas, ballet, chamber music, but of course a great number of Greek songs.

Apart from his musical career, he is also remembered by Greeks for his stubborn opposition to postwar regimes and dictatorships. He will be never forgotten.

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Yannis Charoulis is a celebrated Greek singer, songwriter, and musician whose music brings together elements from entekhno (orchestral music with elements from folk songs and lyrics often based on the work of famous Greek poets), rock, and traditional Cretan music.
Continue reading to learn more about his career and music, and listen to one of his songs. It is accompanied by a transcript of the lyrics as well the English translation for easier comprehension.

 

Yannis Charoulis – His story 

Yannis Charoulis was born and raised in Crete. His first encounter with music was at the tender age of 6, when his father taught him to play the mandolin. A bit later he got his first laouto (gr. λαούτο), which is a long-neck fretted instrument of the lute family, most commonly encountered in Greece and Cyprus and bearing similarities to the oud. Starting at 15, he was playing professionally at local fests and celebrations and studying traditional Cretan music more closely.

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It is never cold in Greece!
Is it a myth or the truth? What do you believe?
Μύθος ή όχι; Κάνει κρύο στην Ελλάδα ή όχι;

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Eftihia Papagiannopoulou was the first and potentially most important female lyricist of the Greek music scene. She penned countless « laika and rembetika »(*) songs, many of which became Greek song hits and are sung and danced to even nowadays.

Papagiannopoulou was born in Aydin near Smyrna (now Izmir) in Asia Minor in 1893, which she had to abandon due to the Greco-Turkish War (1919-22) and the Great Fire of Smyrna in 1922. She emigrated to Greece and arrived by boat to Athens with her two daughters.

Initially, she was married to Kostis Nikolaidis; it was an arranged marriage with a man 20 years her senior. Papagiannopoulou divorced him shortly after arriving in Greece. She got married again in 1932 to Yorgos Pappagiannopoulos, who was the only man she really loved in her life. Lire la suite

Ώρα για χορό! Ανυπομονούμε να ξαναδούμε από κοντά τους μαθητές μας και να χορέψουμε όλοι μαζί ελληνικούς παραδοσιακούς χορούς! Παρακάτω θα διαβάσετε για έναν αγαπημένο μας χορό από την Θράκη (βόρειο-ανατολική Ελλάδα), τον Ζωναράδικο.

 Είναι γνωστό ότι στους Έλληνες αρέσει πολύ να χορεύουν και έχουν μεγάλη ποικιλία παραδοσιακών χορών, ανάλογα με την περιοχή. Οι νησιώτικοι χοροί είναι συνήθως ρυθμικοί και χαρούμενοι σαν να ακολουθούν την κίνηση της θάλασσας. Οι χοροί από την Κρήτη είναι γρήγοροι και δύσκολοι. Οι χοροί από τα βουνά της Ελλάδας είναι αργοί με βαρύ ρυθμό. Μία ιδιαίτερη ποικιλία χορών είναι οι χοροί από τη  Θράκη.  Ένα καλό παράδειγμα είναι ο ζωναράδικος.  Lire la suite

Χρόνια Πολλά!  This year, Greece celebrates a special anniversary on March 25th – Its 200 Υears Οf Ιndependence!

If you want to read more about this important National Celebration, the Greek National Anthem, useful vocabulary etc…
then click on the button below, for the article in English, Greek,
as well as a Greek -file Audio to improve your listening skills in Greek 🙂

However, this year, 2021,  is an even bigger celebration! Unfortunately, it is difficult to celebrate in a lockdown, so we will do it with music, once again 😉

To celebrate the 200 years since the Greek Revolution, the famous song of Dionysis Savvopoulos has been chosen for the official video clip of this event. See below.

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Do you like Greek music?  Σας αρέσει η ελληνική μουσική;

Maybe this is not an easy question to answer, since there are so many different genres of Greek songs and music.
Ίσως να μην είναι τόσο εύκολο να απαντήσετε σε αυτή την ερώτηση, αφού υπάρχουν πολλά είδη ελληνικής μουσικής.

You might like one particular genre, like Rembetiko, Pop, Rock, but maybe not another genre like Laika, Entechna…?
So a better question might be; which genre of Greek Music do you like? For example, do you like Greek entechna songs ?
Also with this question,  many non-Greeks will not be able to answer it, since they do not know the names or the difference between the various musical genres, neither the time-period that particular music was created in Greece.
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As you all know, in Greece there are so many wonderful songs, singers, songwriters and composers. This time, we chose for you a beautiful, traditional love song from Crete. Listen to this sweet song and the sound of the Cretan lyre! Under the video, you will find the Greek Lyrics as well as the English translation. Maybe you can sing along… Enjoy!
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