Stratos Payioumides, Markos Vamvakaris, Batis, and Anestis Dhelias.
Of course, living in Greece for nearly forty years, I was acquainted with rebetiko, often referred to as "The Greek Blues", then, by chance, I saw the film by Greek director; Costas Ferris, depicting the rebetiko era, the emphasis given to Marika Ninou, a "Rebetissa" (The female form of rebetes, rebetiko singer).
A film by Costas Ferris.
Not by chance was this film voted the most popular Greek film in 2000, watch it if you can, it will give you a true feeling and insight into the world of rebetiko.
See details of this unique film "Rebetiko" HERE
Recently, my daughter bought me the book, published for the first time in English:
"Markos Vamvakaris, the man and the bouzouki"
I could't put it down, I was in there, living alongside Markos Vamvakaris, father of rebetiko!
The book gave me the inspiration to write this post.
See details and read reviews about the incredible life of Markos Vamvakaris HERE
|Hookah shop in Ottoman Empire|
Theophilus Waldmeir. 1832-1915
Greek children at music lesson learning to play traditional santouri stringed instrument,
in Agiassos on
Found on iainmasterton.photoshelter.com
|Rebetes, smoking hashish in a "Teke"|
|Aivali. Asia Minor|
Before 1922 an entirely Greek town,
|The Great fire of Smyrna.|
View from an Italian ship
|Greek refugees from Asia Minor|
|A view of Smyrna (Izmir, Turkey)|
View of Saint Fotini on the left
|Rosa Ezkanazi. Refugee from Asia Minor|
The most popular singer of the 20s and 30s
Rosa Ezkanazi's first mentor was Panayotis Toundas, himself an Asia Minor refugee and one of the most successful record producers Greek-language recording has ever known.
The great rival of Rosa Ezkanazi.
Mikis Theodorakis, remarked:
"We are all but branches of a tree, Markos is that tree"
|Greek island of Syros|
Birth place of Markos Vamvakaris
Port of Ermoupolis
"Patriarch of rebetiko"
|D. Semsis, A. Tomboulis, R. Ezkanazi|
Of course, these rebetes are Greek, dancing to rebetiko was compulsory!
And what dances!
Syrtos (Ancient chain dance of Greece, still danced today), Zeibekiko (The name is derived from the Zeibek warriors of Anatolia), Chasapiko (The butcher's dance, originally from Constantinople).
Henri Cartier Bresson
|How to wear a jacket “Koutsavaki" style.|
Left, Vamvakaris, with bouzouki, middle, Batis, with guitar.
"Music is the emotional life of most people"
Marika Ninou (1918 – 23 February 1957), was an Armenian-Greek rebetiko singer.
She recorded a total of 174 songs, of which 119 as lead singer. The movie Rembetiko by Costas Ferris is based on her life.
Brought respectability to rebetiko
"Never On Sunday" a great Greek classic with Melina Mercuri, music Manos Hadjidakis.
See details and read reviews of this classic film, created from the book by Greek author; Nikos Kazantsakis., music Mikis Theodorakis HERE
Zorba The greek, by Nikos Kazantzakis is the only book I have actually read in Greek, from beginning to end!
An amazing book, see detailsHERE
|Alekos Fassianos, Yasar Kemal, Elias Petropoulos, Abidin Dino.|
This then is rebetiko, songs of the working class, the down-trodden, sung from the heart; with passion.
But then, what else would you expect from Greeks?
Everything they do is with passion, done from the very depths of their souls.
God bless 'em!
|"Rembetika: Greek Music from the Underworld -|
Baglamas, Bouzoukis & Bravado"
4 CD Box set
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"Rembetika: Greek Music from the Underworld - Baglamas, Bouzoukis & Bravado"
A four CD box set of original recordings, digitally remastered, an outstanding collection of eighty nine, well-loved, truly authentic Greek rebtiko songs.
See details for "Rembetika: Greek Music from the Underworld - Baglamas, Bouzoukis & Bravado"