Vassilis Papakonstantinou sings the song Stratiotis, a powerful Greek Song which translates to “Τhe Soldier”.
This song is probably one of the most energetic and unique songs ever written against the Greek Junta of 1967 – 1974 in Greece. It is a very beloved song, a popular and strong addition to any concert or tribute to those who fought against fascism.
The story behind the song is simple and known to those who were young during the Greek Junta. Men who joined the Army, or were forced to join the regime that forced a coup d’etat in Greece were given the idea that were doing something good, something really “patriotic”.
However the real face of the fascists was quickly revealed and there were people who could not bear the stigma of participating in an illiberal and fascistic regime and gave up on their “duties” – suffering later from the consequences and repercussions of their decision and spirit of independence, or democratic feelings.
The song Stratiotis is written by the author Kostoula Mitropoulou and composed by Manos Loizos and has a great appeal to younger generations, especially with the voice of Vassilis Papakonstantinou that fits the song and its energy perfectly.
Lyrics: Kostoula Mitropoulou
Music: Manos Loizos
Performed by: Vassilis Papakonstantinou