Marika Papagika: 1918-1929
Bouzouki Pioneer: 1932-1940
1936-1946
Rembetica: Historic Urban Folk Songs From Greece

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Historically speaking, rembetika is the music of Greece's impoverished and dispossessed. Fusing the sounds of the eastern Mediterranean with realistic lyrics -- some in Turkish -- it portrays both the struggles and triumphs of the nation's underprivileged. (While the word "rembetika" itself is of unclear origin, it is assumed to derive from the Turkish "rembet," meaning "from the gutter.") It is music born of oral traditions, with both lyrics and music subject to considerable improvisation. Today, its sound is heavily influenced by the Neopolitan-Italian tango styles prevalent during the period between the two World Wars; while remaining popular in the modern era, rembetika is no longer the music of Greece's lower classes, and is instead the property of the working-class intelligentsia.

Rembetika Album Highlights

Marika Papagika: 1918-1929
Marika Papagika
Marika Papagika: 1918-1929
Bouzouki Pioneer: 1932-1940
Márkos Vamvakáris
Bouzouki Pioneer: 1932-1940
1936-1946
Vassilis Tsitsánis
1936-1946
Rembetica: Historic Urban Folk Songs From Greece
Various Artists
Rembetica: Historic Urban ...
Sinefiasmi Kiriaki
Vassilis Tsitsánis
Sinefiasmi Kiriaki
I Ellada Tou Tsitsani
Vassilis Tsitsánis
I Ellada Tou Tsitsani

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Rembetika Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Ti Se Méli Esénane
Marika Papagika
Efoumaram' Ena Vradhi Márkos Vamvakáris
Pikrós Ine O Pónos Mou
Vassilis Tsitsánis
I Xenitia Apostolos Hatzichristos / Vassilis Tsitsánis
Na Yiati Perno
Sophía Karívali / Márkos Vamvakáris
Nea Vaggelitsa
Apóstolos Hadzichrístos / I. Stamoulis
Chassaposerwiko The Athenians
Yiannis' Cup
Kaike Ena Scholio
A. Kostis
Hop Pala
Stephan & Haigaz

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