Author Archives: Dallas DeForest

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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An Aerial Video of the Corinthia

The Archaeological Museum of Ancient Corinth has produced a wonderful video of the Corinthia’s antiquities from the air. Take a look:

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Yiovan Tsaous Tabouras

Here, Stavros Kourousis, author of From Tabouras to Bouzouki, plays one of Tsaous’ actual instruments–the larger tabouras (he also played a smaller tzouras). As Kourousis notes, Tsaous recorded Diamanto Alaniara, Blamissa, Se mia Mikroula, and Yelasmenos with this instrument. It sounds … Continue reading

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H Drosoula

“The Dew” From the Indian Summer of Rebetika…Tsitsanis, 1944, with Markos singing. The teke mentioned in this song is that of Miltos Sidheris, Nikiforos Fokas Street, Thessaloniki. Tsitsanis spent most of the war in Thessaloniki, where he wrote many of … Continue reading

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Τσαους, Διαμαντω

Here’s a wonderful Yiovan Tsaous song (zeibekiko). Stellakis Perpiniadis sings. 1936. Γεια σου Γιοβάν Τσαούς με το ταμπούρι σου! Βρε Διαμάντω μου χαδιάρα και γλυκιά μου παιχνιδιάρα έλα άνοιξε την πόρτα να `ρθω μέσα σαν και πρώτα Άιντε τράβα στη … Continue reading

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