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The Laterna, the Iconic Instrument of Greek Street Musicians

Any visitor to Ermou, the main shopping street in Athens, has likely seen Spyros Tarapossos and his laterna, or barrel piano. The laterna is an automatic piano operated by turning a crank on the side of the instrument. It is...

Sofia Vembo, the Singer of Greek Victory

Sofia Vembo – The famous Greek singer of the 20th century, became synonymous with the epic Greek victories against the fascist Italian troops in 1940 and 1941 during the Greco-Italian war along the Albanian front. Born in Gallipoli in Asia...

Taylor Swift’s 10th Album ‘Midnights’ Crashes Spotify

Taylor Swift’s 10th album ‘Midnights’ crashed Spotify and sparked an online fan frenzy following its release on October 21. Swift's discography is full of high points for exuding smart lyricism and crafty songwriting. It also marks a gradual return...

The 1920s Song Inspired by Greek Fruit Sellers That Became a Hit

The song "Yes! We Have No Bananas," which was based on Greek fruit sellers, became an unlikely but timeless hit after it was released for the first time in March of 1923. The tune was written by Frank Silver and...

Who Invented Music? The Search for the Dawn of Song

No historical evidence exists to tell us exactly who sang the first song, whistled the first tune, or made the first rhythmic sounds that resembled that which we recognize today as music. By Laura Dallman The short answer is that no...

Maria Pentagiotissa: The First Femme Fatale of Modern Greece

The story of Maria Pentagiotissa contains all the elements of an urban legend, yet she was a real person -- and some consider her to be the first femme fatale in Greece. Maria Daskalopoulou is said to have been born...

Johnny Otis: The Greek Blues Legend Who Passed as Black

While James Brown was seen as the Godfather of soul music, for many music critics Johnny Otis was considered the Godfather of rhythm and blues. But what his many fans across the U.S.A. did not know was that he...

Ancient Greek Mathematician, Philosopher Created Pythagorean Comma

The Greek mathematician and philosopher Pythagoras, applied his genius to music as well, creating the Pythagorean comma in music theory.

Greek-Australian Singer Vassy Achieves 2 Billion Streaming Views

Greek-Australian pop star Vassy's hit single "Bad" has been viewed over 2 billion times across all streaming platforms. Vassy whose real name is Vassy Karagiorgos, was born to Greek parents in Australia and grew up in the country. Karagiorgos is...

Delphi Takes Center Stage As Summer Festival Kicks Off

A few weeks after the completion of the annual Delphi Economic Forum, the world-famous historical site in Central Greece once again gets ready to host local and international visitors, this time as the seat of a regional summer festival...