By Maria Gregoriou
It seems that this month is very much geared to the rempetika and laika world of music. Last week we featured an article about a music event that was a tribute to the Greek composer Panayiotis Toundas. This week those of you who will like what they hear tonight if they go to the event dedicated to Toundas, will also be rearing to go to live performances from Babis Tsertos.
Tsertos, who comes from a musical family, is one of the most famous performers of rempetika and laika musical pieces in Greece today.
He studied the bouzouki as a student and was involved in was in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athen’s music band, where he sang rebetika and folk songs. In 1980 he started to work professionally, singing at a tavern in Athens.
Over the past 15 years he has worked with some very well-known artists in Greece, such as Sotiria Bellou, Keti Gray, Eleni Vitali, George Dalaras, and Pantelis Thalassinos,
In 2002 he received the award for best singer of rebetika at the Corfu Awards and in 2003 he won the award for best folk album for his album Anaglifa mias tehnis tapinis at the Arion Awards.
Live performance from the Greek singer. January 19. Tsacasol Cultural Centre, Limassol Marina, Limassol. 8.30pm. €17 with a drink. Tel: 25-878744
January 20. Larnaca Municipal Theatre, Larnaca. 8.30pm. €15. Tel: 24-665795