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The music of Greece's mountain villages, Dimotiko (literally, "coming from the people"), emerged as a fusion between traditional Greek music and the Byzantine choir music of the Turkish Empire, which occupied the Mediterranean nation for four centuries. Distinguished by the sounds of the santouri, the luth, and pipes, dimotiko reflects the hard, simple lives of the villagers; many of its traditional songs are laments, which are similar in sound and spirit to the flamenco.

Dimotiko Album Highlights

Dance of Heaven's Ghosts
Various Artists
Dance of Heaven's Ghosts

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Dimotiko Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Mia Ine I Oussia (There Is Only One Truth) Haris Alexiou

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