Author Archives: Dallas DeForest

Markos Vamvakaris Plays the Roads, 1969

Here’s a short YouTube recording of Markos Vamvakaris playing several of the roads that are commonly used in Greek music (esp. the rebetika). If you can’t read Greek, he’s playing the following: sabax, niavent, hitzaz, houzam, kourdi, peiraiotiko, rast, hitzazkiar, … Continue reading

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Rebetien and Solon Lekkas

Here’s a playlist of some really exceptional musicians who played together back in April at Peran in Athens. Fotis Vergopoulos leads with his inimitable bouzouki, Avgerini Gatsi provides her angelic voice, Kostis Kostakis lends his subtle yet essential pre-war kithara, … Continue reading

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Στην Πλάκα που Επήγαινα

Fotis Vergopoulos (bouzouki, vocals), Demetris Maris (bouzouki), and Kostis Kostakis (kithara). Αυτά γίνονται στο ΕΦΗΜΕΡΟ, στα Εξάρχεια, 27 Δεκέμβρη του 2012. Στην Πλάκα που επήγαινα να πιω γλυκό κρασάκι με έμπλεξε στα δίχτυα του ενά μικρό κουκλάκι I went to … Continue reading

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On the Frontlines of the Refugee Crisis

If you would like to humanize the humanitarian crisis that’s happening right now in the Middle East, Turkey, Greece and the Aegean, watch this short documentary from the NYT. In it, you will be presented with a view of the … Continue reading

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On the Frontier of the EU

A good article that details the situation on Greece’s eastern Aegean islands: But the deal has also turned Greece’s eastern Aegean islands into holding centres. Those rescued by the Hellenic Coast Guard are shipped to the islands of Lesvos, Samos, … Continue reading

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Kalogria

Papazoglou, 1935, Kalogria (“Nun”). Βαρέθηκα τον κόσμο πιά, καλογριά θα γίνω, και απάνω σε ψηλό βουνό, μονάχη μου θα μείνω. I’m tired of this world, I’ll become a nun, and go up to a tall mountain, where I’ll live alone. … Continue reading

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Βραχνάς, Αθανασίου – Αίγινα, 1977

Aigina, 1977. Nikos Vraxnas and Thanasis Athanasiou–two old school rebetes, prepping for an album that never came to be. Enjoy and, please, appreciate the extraordinary uniqueness of this recording:    

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