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Stelios Kazantzidis: The Voice of Post-War, Poverty-Stricken Greece

Stelios Kazantzidis -- who died in 2001 --was the voice that contained the pain and desire of post-war, poverty-stricken Greece.

Remembering Mikis Theodorakis’ Last Concert in Panathenaic Stadium

On the first anniversary of Mikis Theodorakis' death, many reflect on the music icon's last concert held in the Panathenaic Stadium in Athens in 2017. In a tribute to the legendary composer, who died on September 2, 2021, a stunning...

My Afternoon With Zorba: When Mikis Theodorakis was Banned in Greece

During the time of the military junta in Greece from 1967 to 1974, Greek composer and activist Mikis Theodorakis' music was banned. By Bill Thomas The road to my afternoon with Zorba began in 1968. I was in the US Navy...

The Most Influential Greek Rebetiko Singers of All Time

Rebetiko, sometimes called the "Greek Blues," is perhaps the most influential genre of Greek music. While the movement as a whole was significant internationally, there were a few Rebetiko singers that defined the iconic genre. Rebetiko singers, musicians, and...

Harpist Performs the Oldest Song in the World in Ancient Greek

A young harpist has performed her version of a 2,000-year-old ancient Greek song, thought to be the oldest complete piece of music, which was dedicated to two lovers. In the video, 28-year-old Melegie strums the harp as she plays the...

Manolis Chiotis: Star of Greek Music was Bouzouki Virtuoso

Manolis Chiotis is considered to be one of the greatest bouzouki players of all time. The musician, composer, and singer revolutionized Greek music with his four-course bouzouki and made music from Greece popular across the world, even in the...

Iconic Greek Pop Singer Dakis Passed Away

Iconic Greek pop singer Dakis has passed away at the age of 78, Loukila Carrer Plessa confirmed Sunday morning on Twitter.

Nikos Xylouris’ Voice Still Resonates in Crete and Greece

Nikos Xylouris, nicknamed Psaronikos, who passed away on Feb. 8, 1980, is a symbol of Crete. He was one of its greatest singers whose talent made him internationally known. Xylouris was born in Anogeia, a rugged mountain region in the...

The Legacy of Vassilis Tsitsanis in Greek Music

When Vassilis Tsitsanis passed away on January 18, 1984, on his 69th birthday, music historians and experts knew that there will never be another Tsitsanis and all popular Greek music from then on would derive from his legacy alone. Tsitsanis'...

Bringing Folk Music from Rhodes into the Modern Age

Nikos Tzellos, a young musician from Rhodes, has made it his mission to revive the folk music of his island for the modern era.