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Music in the heart of the city

By Maria Gregoriou

At last summer is here (well, it has been mild until now and we are not used to June being so co-operative – but summer none the less) and it is that time of year when we all take to the streets of our cities and are very frequently surprised by all the outdoor activities.

For those who don’t much like surprises though, we will give you a heads up – the Greek band Gadjo Dilo will be performing at the open-air theatre at the Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation in Nicosia tomorrow night.

The six-member band, which has been swinging since 2009, very much makes it its business to keep the gypsy jazz musical tradition alive.

The band’s source of inspiration is the great gypsy jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt, who has been characterised by nearly all the great jazz musicians as a genius.

In their debut album, entitled Manouche de grec, the band explore their love for Django, as well as their love for older Greek songs of the same era – that being rembetiko-folk songs.

The 2013 album brings together ten cover songs which take us on a journey to the 30s and 40s and their love affair with gypsy jazz.

The album has received glowing reviews and some of the songs have been used on television shows and commercials, including the songs Sou Sfirizo and Alla mou Len ta matia sou.

And if you thought all that was way too groovy, the members of the band also look the part… but don’t worry, you are not expected to dig out your parents’ old clothes and get with the wardrobe for the gig.

Gadjo Dilo
Live performance by the jazz band. June 24. Bank of Cyprus Cultural Foundation, Nicosia. 9pm. €10. Tel: 22-677134

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