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The beat on weekends is strong

By Maria Gregoriou

What is the weekend good for if not a musical performance? As always, this weekend has much to offer for almost every musical taste, so take your pick.

Tonight if you want to feel a little R&B beats, then Ammos Beach Bar will be getting its grove on with local DJ Pettis N.

You could say that the DJ was born for the job, as his love for R&B and Hip-Hop led to him becoming a resident DJ in Nicosia at the age of 17. Even though his love for DJing and his talent took him far he knew he needed more than just talent so he studied music production.

Now he is a DJ at Mix FM and has his own R&B radio show called Sexy Thing which airs every Monday night. But maybe Cyprus is a bit too small for him and he should look overseas? He has already had that idea and has signed a two year contact with Swat entertainment in Germany.

If R&B isn’t what you are going for tonight, then maybe some Rembetiko music with a modern vibe will do the trick. The eight member Greek band Imam Baildi (who are no strangers to our island) will be performing at Ravens in Limassol at 10pm.

The band – Orestis and Lysandros Falireas, Alexis Arapatsakos, Giannis Diskos, Periklis Aliopis, Lambis Kountourogiannis, Stelios Provis, MC Yinka, and Rena Morfi – never tire of making those good old Greek songs sound refreshed and ready to take on any kind of hip-hop rhythm.

As the band’s name suggests, it mixes up different tastes to create one harmonious beat. These beats were first recorded on a debut album in 2007.

For tomorrow, let’s go back to the good old bouzouki with musicians Sotiris Karagiorgis, Evagoras Karageorgis and Stelios Cacoyannis, who will be performing a tribute to the Greek songwriter and bouzouki player Vassilis Tsitsanis.

Tsitsanis managed to enrich the Greek folk (laiko) song on many levels, by writing classical melodies and coupling them with his own lyrics – this is why he is considered as one of the founders of modern Rembetika. His melodies bring together elements of folk songs (dimotiko), byzantine and western musical traditions, and even some details from the blues.

Musician, teacher and composer Karagiorgis has been present on the Greek music scene for a number of years. His experience in choral music has made him well know in Paphos and all over the island.

Karageorgis is also a musician, teacher and composer. His main focus of work is on Cypriot music, but he also works with Greek music. He has written classical music, music for theatre and television and has performed in several concerts with his own musical compositions and songs.

Cacoyannis comes together with these musicians to complete the triangle of musical experience and brings to the stage his distinctive and soulful voice. Watch out, the musicians might ask you to use your palms to hit the tambourine and become an even bigger part of this celebration.

And just in case all that weekend fun left you wondering what music was like in the past, as of Monday at the Arte Music Academy in Nicosia, the fist Festival of Early Music will run until Thursday.

The four-day festival goes back to the 18th century in Europe with the band Ex Silentio playinging on instruments from the time.

Ex Silentio, a Greek ensemble, was founded in 2001 by Dimitris Kountouras and Markellos Chryssikopoulos. Varying from two up to seven musicians, the ensemble perform a late medieval renaissance and baroque repertoire, while also taking on contemporary music projects.

The group has given numerous concerts in many European countries, including, Greece, Germany, Italy, Holland, Austria.

Winter at Ammos – R&B
Live performance by DJ Pettis N. January 23. Ammos Beach Bar, Makenzy Beach, Larnaca. 11pm. Tel: 24-828844

Imam Baildi
Live performance by the Greek band. January 23. Ravens, Limassol. 10pm. €20. Tel: 99-614100

What Ever I May Say, I Never Forget You
Musical performance dedicated to the Greek songwriter and bouzouki player Vassilis Tsitsanis. January 24. Cultural Workshop Ayion Omoloyiton, Nicosia. 7.30pm. €8. Tel: 99-326229

First Festival of Early Music
Live performance with instruments from the 18th century by the band Ex Silentio. January 25 – 28. Arte, Nicosia. 8.30pm. Free. Tel: 22-676823

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