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    Greek music and the ethnography of arts.

    Music from Thrace/Eastern Rumelia, a lot of overlap of Balkan and Eastern elements, as expected:











    This young outfit of Pontic Greeks try to revive the "olde" style of instrumental pluralism in the Pontic musical tradition, as the generations of our grandfathers reduced it to a barebone Kemenche+percussion style.





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    This is a friend of mine, who is famous in certain musical circles, for his delightful freestyle re-inventions of ancient Greek odes, sung in conjunction with a reconstruction (of his own imagining) of the ancient Lyra.



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    This young Cypriot choir in a exquisite rendition of a traditional Pontic folk song, sung in the Romeyka dialect in perfect fluency and pronunciation.



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    These are brilliant Dosas! Thx so much. Please keep them coming!

    Surely some of the members of the Amalgamation Choir must be Pontians? I can't comment on the pronunciation etc, but Pontian is so difficult for Cypriot dialect speakers.

    I get the feeling it is filmed in the Severios Library, Nicosia, where I have researched. It originally opened with the Hellenic School in 1812. The School was founded by Archbishop Kyprianos who was executed by the Ottomans in July 1821 just across the road from there, a few months after the commencement of the Greek Revolution in the Morea (Peloponnese). Greeks, for those that don't know, are currently commemorating the 200th anniversary of the Greek Revolution.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrewid View Post
    These are brilliant Dosas! Thx so much. Please keep them coming!

    Surely some of the members of the Amalgamation Choir must be Pontians? I can't comment on the pronunciation etc, but Pontian is so difficult for Cypriot dialect speakers.

    I think they are all Cypriots, judging by their last names in the end, but I don't know really, they could be anything. You can hear the Cypriot accent making an appearance only at one point, when they pronounce "Σίλιοι" at 0:31, the rest is flawless, but that's my opinion only, of course.

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    Freestyle on traditional folklore from Macedonia:






    Traditional from Asia Minor coast:






    Cretan traditional and neo-traditionals:






    Freestyle on traditional from Thrace:





    I post young bands and outfits, since I find their outlook on tradition and its juxtaposition with new musical ideas very refreshing and inspired.
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    Demetris Mesimeris is part of the folk revival in Cyprus. And long may it continue.

    This song (in Cypriot dialect) is a lament for Cyprus. The title, 'Nekalisti Avgoritissa', refers to my paternal village Avgorou. Some theories on the origins of the village's name suggest it is derived from Evagoras, who was King of the Ancient Greek city of Salamis, situated a few miles further north.

    https://youtu.be/N1sv3hpXwMY

    Cretans never get the blues even in lockdown. This is with the Stratakis brothers. Yiorgos Stratakis has a contagious smile and always manages to raise my spirits.

    https://youtu.be/Bou5jm4Jkcs


    And here's another:

    https://youtu.be/nLSIBqrTmZI

    I love jamming sessions

    https://youtu.be/591AEt71Yz0

    https://youtu.be/7xVDhNIbvLc

    The latter reminds me of music I heard from some south Asian sets I heard at WOMAD festivals.

    And I don't know what Cretans are on, but I want some:

    https://youtu.be/nIvKCOWhOBU

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