This weekend many villages around the island will be having their ‘dancers’ as they call it – which is a dinner/ show kind of event where everyone from the village and relatives from elsewhere come to see each other, eat and enjoy the music.
The village of Lefkara in the Larnaca district is famous for its lace and in recent years it has become famous for the entertainment it puts on for the villager’s August 15 dance – which is really on August 13 this year.
The dance may attract people who are attached to the village in some way but with the sounds of the Greek band Imam Baildi making the mountains alive with their rembetiko, Greek blues melodies, people are sure to come from far and wide to be part of the village action.
The band, who are Orestis and Lysandros Falireas, Alexis Arapatsakos, Giannis Diskos, Periklis Aliopis, Lambis Kountourogiannis, Stelios Provis, MC Yinka, and Rena Morfi, captivate the music scene with the sounds of Greece from the turn of the century until the early 1950s. Add the influences the band members have from hip-hop and an MC, a female voice and a fair bit of Balkan flair to the mix and there you have it, a band that is as its name suggests, a blend of flavours.
If you want a taste of this band before the big event, then see if you can get your hands on their debut, self-titled album, which was very well received and since then the band has given many live performances in Greece and Europe.
Live performance by the Greek band. August 13. Lefkara Elementary School, Larnaca. 9.30pm. €10/7. Tel: 24-342422