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Reminiscing rembetika

For lovers of old Greek music and especially rembetiko, an upcoming event promises to be full of history, ancient aromas and tradition. Often described as popular folk songs that grew out of particular urban circumstances, rembetika lyrics reflect the harsher realities of a marginalised subculture. Love, joy and sorrow are three words the great Greek composer Manos Hadjidakis used to describe the essence of this long-standing Greek music.

Musicians Vangelis Petriniotis and Despina Psatha aim to tackle rembetika songs on December 27 focusing on pre-war music. The duo has planned a programme from the pre-war repertoire of rembetiko music with orchestral aims and songs of great composers of the time such as Markos Vamvakaris, Spyros Peristeris and Kostas Skarvelis among others.

The two musicians began their collaboration at the beginning on 2018, focusing on rembetika songs of the 1920-1950 period. Greek urban music was a common point of research for both at an undergraduate and postgraduate level, since they are graduates of the Department of Music Science and Art of the University of Macedonia.

Set in a location that reminisces the old days, the Centre of performing arts Mitos in Limassol will welcome the two musicians in their stone-wall venue. Said to be a dynamic duo honouring the music style, “their interpretations capture the personal aesthetics and the particular elements of each one, without detracting from the style of the original recordings.”

Pre-war rembetika
Live rembetika songs by Vaggelis Petriniotis and Despina Psatha. December 27. Centre of performing arts Mitos, Limassol. 8.30pm. €10. Tel: 99-015172

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