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You can take the Cypriot out of Cyprus…

When it comes to local music, the band Monsieur Doumani is definitely not one to shy away from international fame.

Only around since 2011, the band will play in Paphos on Saturday, just before taking off for shows in the UK, Spain, Poland, Germany, and then back again.

Antonis Antoniou (tzouras), Angelos Ionas (guitar) and Demetris Yiasemides (wind instruments) will entertain the crowd with songs from their latest album entitled Sikoses and their first album Grippy Grappa.

Both albums show how the boys stay true to their Cypriot roots, as they use the Cypriot dialect to get their messages across. But don’t image any kind of tsatista (oral rhythmic poetry), their words may be Cypriot but their sound has clearly been influenced from around the world. Determined to go further with their second album, the band turned to folk law from Italy, Norway and the Balkans to come up with these new unique songs.

Perhaps because of their inclusion of so many influences from different cultures, or because of their ability to marry their own national identity with so many others, the world music scene has taken notice of these three musicians as their first album was named Top of the World album in the British magazine Songlines and the band was also nominated for Best Newcomer in the Songlines Music Awards in 2014.

With their bold and innovative approach to music, Monsieur Doumani keep on spinning that musical wheel with the inspiration they receive from the contemporary socio-political situation in Cyprus, and the result is a satirical and humorous mood – one that you will surely enjoy during the concert.

Monsieur Doumani
Live performance by the local band. June 18. Technopolis 20, Paphos. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 70-002420

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