Not your ordinary bouzouki music

040310_rgcdgreece.jpgWhen you think of Greek music its hard to get past the bouzouki licks popularized in movies like Zorba the Greek in the late sixties. Yet the diverse cultural forces of east and west that collide in Greece have spawned a very wide range of unique Greek musical styles that were rarely heard outside the country and the Greek diaspora. They include mainland demotika, nisiotika island music, popular laika, folksy entechna and the blues-like rembetika as well as pop and rock styles that incorporate traditional elements.

The Rough Guide to Music of Greece is a good starting point to sample this wide range of Greek music. This compilation CD will reward adventurous listeners with a 21 songs from some of the best-known Greek musical artists including Stelios Kazantzidis, Sotiria Bellou, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Mikis Theodoakis and Glykeria (listen to an MP3 clip from Glykeria's Piga Se Magisses).

This disc is also an enhanced CD that can be viewed on PC and Mac computers and includes information on Greek music and travel from the Rough Guide books. Here is a snippet from the Rough Guide to World Music on the music of Greece that's included on the Rough Guide to Music of Greece:

Greek music, like most aspects of the country, is a fortuitous mix of east and west. The older songs of the folk (or dhimotiká) tradition are invariably in Eastern-flavoured minor scales, with antecedents both in Byzantine religious chant or secular song, and in Turkish and Iranian music through the centuries of Ottoman rule. The flavour of the Orient is even more immediately evident in the blues-like rembétika music, which had its heyday in the 1920s and '30s, and has been revived at various intervals since.

The discography from The Rough Guide to World Music for the music of Greece is also available online.

Posted on March 10, 2004 in Entertainment, Music | Permalink | Comments (0) | TrackBack

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