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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, like the closed businesses, the slashed salaries and pensions, the unemployment, and the media and economists with their very disheartening estimations and future projections. … 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 wouldn’t presume to say I am … Continue reading

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