Category Archives: Music

To Mangalaki

A great Hatzichristos tune (from Melbourne): Έξω ο Βοριάς σφυρίζει κι είμαι μοναχός Με σβηστό το μαγκαλάκι μένω ο φτωχός Γύρισε κι άναψε το μαγκαλάκι όπως μου τ’ άναβες κάθε βραδάκι, Γύρισε κι άναψε το μαγκαλάκι όπως μου τ’ άναβες … Continue reading

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Τ’ Άη Φιλίππου (παραδοσιακό Κύπρου)

A traditional Cypriot tune:   Μια μιτσιά τζαι όμορφη π’ όσσον τζι αρκινά επήεν εις την μάναν της παράπονο για να… “Μανά, εγιώ μεγάλωσα, ξέρεις το, μανά, οι κορασιές παντρεύκουνται τζι εγιώ ακόμα να… Τ’ Άη Φιλίππου επέρασεν τζαι τ’ … Continue reading

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Rebetika, Athens to California

Here’s a great old tune–Πέντε Χρόνια Δικασμένος (5 Years Imprisoned) by Vangelis Papazoglou (it’s also known as Genti Koule, after the infamous prison, or Η Φωνη του Αργιλε). This was recorded at the workshop of Dimitris Rapakousios and features Pavlos, … Continue reading

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Στον Πειραιά Συννέφιασε

Mitsakis, 1960. This is a very nice version from Melbourne, where rebetika is alive and well. Καλή Πρωτομαγιά! Στον Πειραιά συννέφιασε και στην Αθήνα βρέχει άλλος αγάπη έχασε κι άλλος αγάπη έχει Ανάβω το τσιγάρο μου και η βροχή το … Continue reading

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Kafetzopoulos

The inimitable luthier, Panayiotis Kafetzopoulos, now has a Facebook page, where he is posting photos and videos of his unique and beautiful instruments. I encourage you to take a look–these are really exceptional instruments. Here’s a preview, featuring a basobouzouki … Continue reading

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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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The Sound of a Pre-War Bouzouki

From 1911, to be precise. I stumbled upon this video on YouTube tonight and thought–what a sound! That guy’s bouzouki sounds just like the pre-war bouzoukia. Turns out, it is a pre-war bouzouki, made by Karambas in 1911 in NYC. … Continue reading

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