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Rebetika Part 3 – The soul of Rebetika

While I’ve always enjoyed Rebetika more than any other kind of Greek music, I didn’t form the visceral connection to the genre until I watched Costas Ferris’ film Rembetiko about a decade ago. If pressed, I would probably list it … Continue reading

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Snapshots of a crisis

Trying to describe what the financial crisis is like here is hard. There’s the obvious signs; the closed businesses, the slashed salaries and pensions, the unemployment, and the media and economists with their very disheartening estimations and future projections. But … Continue reading

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Rebetika, Part 2- The irrepressible spirit

There is a lot I love about Rebetika: what they mean in their historical context, the simple yet captivating melodies, and the personal connection I feel to the genre due to a piece of my family history. But above all, … Continue reading

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Plaka in pictures

There is something about the old historical quarter of Plaka that I never tire of, at least when I get away from the main shopping streets overrun by tourists browsing cheesy antiquity knockoffs and ‘humorous’ slogan T-Shirts. A square in … Continue reading

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On identity, home and an imaginary Ithaka

‘So, where are you from?’ A perfectly innocuous question, part of the meaningless social chatter most people feel obliged to engage in when introduced to someone. And one that I always feel the need to give a concise and incomplete … Continue reading

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Rebetika: The Blues of Greece

How can I even begin to explain Rebetika music? The origins of the genre have been extensively written about (here is a very good historical overview of Rebetika— I don’t know what I enjoyed more: the text, or the fact … Continue reading

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The revolution will not be televised

Riot police storm ERT headquarters The above article gives a better account of what happened than most of the foreign media coverage I’ve found, but it only tells you part of the story. I’m not the most qualified person to … Continue reading

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