Erotokritos - Nikos Xilouris

The voice of Nikos Xilouris in the magnificent poem Erotokritos have embedded in everyone's memory as if an indispensable combination: the ideal voice of Nikos Xilouris for one of the masterpieces of poetry and Greek music. Who could anyway perform Erotokritos better than Xilouris, who is the voice of Crete, the man who taught simplicity […]

Malista kyrie - Giorgos Zampetas

Giorgos Zampetas sings Malista kyrie, a Greek song which translates to Aye sir. This song was composed by Zampetas and performed originally by him. Zampetas is a peculiar case of artist. An amazing composer and lyric writer, with a very distinctive voice and tone, who stood out due to his sense of humor, his sarcastic […]

Ilie mou se parakalo - Giorgos Dalaras

Giorgos Dalaras sings ilie mou se parakalo, a Greek song which translates to "Please, my sun" in English. Ilie mou se parakalo is a song composed by Manos Loizos and lyrics written by Lefteris Papadopoulos that was released in 1972. Ilie mou se parakalo can be explained in two different ways: according to the first […]

Dyo portes ehei i zoi - Stelios Kazantzidis

Stelios Kazantzidis sings Dyo portes ehei i zoi, a Greek song which translates to "life has two doors" in English. Dyo portes ehei i zoi is also known as "To teleftaio vrady mou", and is composed by Stelios Kazantzidis on lyrics written by Eftychia Papagiannopoulou. There are two theories on how this song was written: […]

Ola dika sou matia mou - Giannis Poulopoulos

Giannis Poulopoulos sings Ola dika sou matia mou , a Greek song which translates to "Everything yours my eyes (my love)" in English. Ola dika sou matia mou is a classic love song, performed by one of the most tender voices in Greek music, Giannis Poulopoulos. The lyrics of Ola dika sou matia mou are […]

Fragosyriani - Markos Vamvakaris

Markos Vamvakaris sings the song Fragosyriani, a famous Greek song composed and written by Vamvakaris himself. There are many different spellings of the song's title in English: Fragosyriani (which is closer to the Greek spelling Φραγκοσυριανή), Frangosyriani or Fragosiriani. Fragosyriani means Catholic girl from the Greek island of Syros. The song was written in 1935 […]

Greek music for Christmas and New Year

Although Greek music covers a wide range of genres, Greek music for Christmas and the New Year is not as popular as expected. Most of the songs heard during the Christmas period - including the New Year and other smaller festive days are Greek translations of famous English songs such as "Silent Night", " O […]

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Tsifteteli

Tsifteteli is the Greek belly dance. Tsifteteli follows a rhythm  common all over the middle east. The name tsifteteli is turkish and comes from chifteteli, which originally meant "two strings". A typical tsifteteli is not performed by a single belly dancer in a Rhine-stone costume, but by a massive number of dancers populating the dance […]

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Greek bouzouki

The famous Greek bouzouki The bouzouki is by far the most recognizable and distinctive Greek music instrument. Bouzouki is written as mpouzouki (μπουζούκι) in Greek, but the true sound of the word is closer to bouzouki than mpouzouki. Bouzouki is a stringed instrument, which belongs to the family of the long-necked lutes. Instruments of a […]

Greek music of Macedonia

Greek music from Macedonia is diverse, rhythmic and very distinctive. The region of Macedonia in North Greece is one of the richest in music expression and dances. The Greek music of Macedonia belongs to the musical idioms of mainland Greece but also presents an interesting internal diversity, due to the great mass of refugees that […]

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Laika songs in Greece

Laika songs, which stand for "popular music” in Greece is a popular genre of Greek music; laika are the simplified evolution of rebetika songs in Greece, aiming at becoming easier to the ear and appropriate for mass production. Laika songs are probably, along with the rebetika, the most characteristic and recognizable genre even from foreigners, […]

Zeibekiko

The famous Greek zeibekiko dance Zeibekiko, or Zeimbekiko, is a Greek Dance, one of the most popular and beloved dances and rhythms in Greece. It is considered an urban improvisational dance, following a dancing pattern of 9/8. Zeibekiko in Greek is written as zeimpekiko (ζεϊμπέκικο). The οrigins of zeibekiko Zeibekiko dance is considered a Greek […]

Cretan music

The first encounter with the Cretan Music will definitely take place in some nice taverna in Crete, or even in Athens, during an organized Greek night or Cretan Folk Feast that you can attend while visiting Greece and the lovely island of Crete. If you are lucky enough, you will hear some genuine Cretan music […]

Nisiotika songs from the Greek Islands

Nisiotika is one of the most distinctive categories of Greek Music and Greek songs, referring to the music created in the islands of the central Aegean Sea – the complexes of Cyclades, the Dodecanese and the Sporades. Other islands, such as Crete or the Ionian islands feature a different type of music, peculiar to individual […]

Greek rebetika and rebetiko songs

Greek rebetiko or rebetika songs are the Greek urban laika songs that made their first appearance towards the end of the 19th century and developed to their mostly known form till the third decade of the 20th century. The Rebetiko genre of Greek music was born at the harbors, where the Greek labour class used […]

Zorba the Greek

Zorba the Greek is one of the most known and characteristic Greek songs; it is instrumental with no lyrics involved, but has managed to captivate the hearts of both Greeks and foreigners and advertise Greece all over the world. The music is composed by the infamous and acclaimed composer Mikis Theodorakis, based on two traditional Cretan songs, "Armenohorianos […]

S'agapo giati eisai oraia - Alkistis Protopsalti

Alkistis Protopsalti sings “S’agapo”, a Greek traditional folk song which in English means “I love you”. The song is also known as 'S'agapo giati eisai oraia", meaning "I love you because you are beautiful". S’ agapo giati eisai oraia is one of the traditional, most beloved Greek songs ever… As universal as its title is: […]

Greek Folk Music - Greek Folk Songs

Greek Folk Music derives from the music and sounds produced and played by the ancient Greeks. This genre is actually extremely diverse, as it includes a variety of styles played all over Greece. There are several different types and distinct differences among them, depending on the region; mainland Folk music is much more different than […]

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Greek music, an introduction

Greek music is indispensably connected with the Greeks; Greek songs can be heard everywhere you go: in stores, restaurants, bars, public places, even coming from houses in high volume. Greeks love creating, playing, dancing and listening to music of all kinds, but Greek music is their absolute favourite, as it expresses their passions and desires […]

Poso s'agapo - Dimitra Galani

Dimitra Galani sings Poso s'agapo, a Greek song which translates to "How much I love you". Poso s'agapo is a love song by Manos Loizos and Lefteris Papadopoulos. Poso s'agapo  is a beautiful and tender song, full of deep love. The words tenderness and emotion  can describe this song more than any other. The lyrics of Papadopoulos in Poso s'agapo are overflowing with feelings of love ... it is a Greek song filled with images of love and affection. Moreover when we are in […]

Aphrodisiac - Eleftheria Eleftheriou

Aphrodisiac is the title of the Greek song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2012, performed by Eleftheria Eleftheriou. Aphrodisiac is a song with evident Greek sounds and the bouzouki music is combined with a modern electronic sound. The national final for the selection of the Greek song for Eurovision 2012 took place a few days […]

Tha patheis erota - Haris Alexiou

Haris Alexiou sings "Tha patheis erota" a love song that was released in 1990 in the album"Krataei chronia auti i kolonia". Tha patheis erota is translated to "You will fall in love for me" in English. The music was written by Thanos Mikroutsikos, while the lyrics by Lina Nikolakopoulou. Tha patheis erota is a playful song about the signs of love, for the certainty of what we see and feel when we meet someone and see how the atmosphere is electrifying, how feelings are […]

Sakis Rouvas awarded Greek of the Year

Sakis Rouvas received the award "Greek of the Year" for his humanitarian offer and help in an emotional atmosphere. Visibly moved, Sakis Rouvas received the award for his contribution to the Association "Hope" (Elpida) during the 11th award for "Men of the Year" in Nicosia. See the moment of his award in the video posted […]

Mikis Theodorakis talks about Vasilis Tsitsanis

Mikis Theodorakis talks about Vasilis Tsitsanis in this video from a historic moment in 1983. In August 1983, a tribute to Vasilis Tsitsanis was organized in Athens. In this video we watch a part of Theodorakis' speech about Tsitsanis. It is a very touching speech and a very significant one. Theodorakis starts by saying how […]

The 300 Spartans - Soundtrack by Manos Hadjidakis

Manos Hadjidakis composed the music for the motion picture "The 300 Spartans" that was released in 1962. The movie presents the true story of the fight of the 300 Spartans and their King Leonidas against the army of at least 300,000 Persians that wanted to invade Greece. The heroism of the 300 Spartans and their […]

A manly zeibekiko dance

We present here a manly zeibekiko dance. A video with a man dancing a "magkiko" dance, as we would say in Greece, with the soul and spirit of a true man. NOTE. The dance starts 50 seconds after the beginning of the videoclip. We cannot communicate the meaning of the word "magkas" in English, because […]

Greek love songs for Valentine's Day

How many Greek love songs for Valentine's day can you think of? The truth is that the list of Greek songs for love, passion, desire and everything between is endless, simply because Greek people are sentimental and not afraid to express their feelings to their fullest. Greek songs for Valentine's day Countless Greek songs have been […]

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Dionysis Savvopoulos presents Theogony on Stage

Dionysis Savvopoulos will be presenting Theogonia (Hesiod's Theogony) on stage in February and March 2012. From 19 / 2 and every Saturday and Sunday, Savvopoulos will go up the renovated stage of the historic theater Acropole, with stories for all ages inspired by the "Theogony" of Hesiod. The play includes songs and painted dreams, entitled […]

Ta dachtyla - Giannis Parios

Giannis Parios sings Ta dachtyla, a Greek song which translates to "The fingers" in English. The song is also known with the title To diko sou amartima ( Your Sin, in English). Ta dachtyla is a song written and composed by Giannis Parios himself and it was originally performed by Stelios Kazantzidis. Recently, this song […]

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First picture of Rouvas' son

The first picture of Rouvas junior is out ! A few days ago, Sakis Rouvas with his beloved Katia Zygouli and their two children went for a walk close to their home in Nea Makri (40km away from Athens). Αs always, there was someone around who managed to "steal" a picture of the newborn son […]

Stou Thoma To Magazi - Rempetiko OST

Stou Thoma to magazi is a Greek song heard in the movie Rempetiko and is included in the Rebetiko OST. Stou Thoma to magazi translates to "At Thomas' place". It was originally sung by Kostas Tsiggos and later on by numerous Greek singers, such as Haris Alexiou, Giorgos Ntalaras, Takis Mpinis and more. The movie […]

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Christos Dantis will get married for the 4th time

Christos Dantis will get married for the 4th time! Christos Dantis and his  beloved Jenny Voutsinou are inseparable. The famous couple has a beautiful girl and is expected to get married the summer of 2012; and why not? They are more in love than ever. Following Dantis' divorce  with Flora Theodorou, the renowned singer is getting ready for his marriage with his significant other and the two of them spend as much […]

When Manos Hadjidakis refused the Oscar...

Few people actually know that Manos Hadjidakis refused the Oscar Award in 1960. We all know that Hadjidakis got the Academy Award for the music of the movie "Never on Sunday", but few people know that he refused to accept it. The homonym song, Ta paidia tou Peiraia is one of the most popular songs […]

Eleftheria Arvanitaki talks about her career

Eleftheria Arvanitaki talks about her career, pointing out three major chapters of her music career. Arvanitaki gave an interview to an Athenian newspaper talking about important parts of her career in Greek music. Arvanitaki and Opisthodromiki Compania " It was the 80s.  Just singing and television... During that time I was in the group Opisthodromiki Compania. Dionysis Savopoulos […]