SONG OF THE DAY “Ta Mavra Matia Sou”

Today’s Song Of The Day is dedicated to Angelopoulos.

Angelopoulos 2

The song I have chosen for today is “Ta Mavra Matia Sou”

Manolis Angelopoulos was born on the 8th April 1941, in Agios Athanasios Dramas, in Greece. He was a popular Greek singer, composer & songwriter of Romani origin.

During his childhood, Angelopoulos traveled all over Greece with his Gipsy family in their caravan, selling a variety of goods from carpets to watermellons. The caravan trucks had a microphone and he began to sell these items through the use of his singing voice over the loudspeakers. After losing his father when he was 13, he tried to help his family by working in several clubs. His singing talent attracted many composers and producers offering him the opportunity to record his first song in 1957.

He gained popularity during the 1960s through his love songs as well as songs about Greek Refugees and exotic places. He also brought a mix of Greek-Gypsy-Arabian influences into the Greek music scene.

His song “Τα μαύρα μάτια σου” (“Ta Mavra Matia Sou” meaning Your black eyes), is considered an anthem of the Greek gypsies and one of the most favorite songs in Greece in respect of the Tsifteteli.

Manolis Angelopoulos died in London on 2 April 1989. He is one of the most celebrated singers in Greece.

Source https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Manolis_Angelopoulos

 

Here is the original recording of this classic…….

 

Here are 2 LIVE versions of this song……….

By his son, Stathis………

 

The Lyrics

Τα μαύρα μάτια σου
όταν τα βλέπω με ζαλίζουνε
και την καρδιά μου συγκλονίζουνε
όταν τα βλέπω μου θυμίζουνε
κάποια αγάπη μου παλιά

Μέσα στα μάτια σου
κοιτάζω κείνη που αγαπούσα μέχρι χτες
εκείνη που άνοιξε στα στήθια μου πληγές
τα μαύρα μάτια σου μ’ ανάβουν πυρκαγιές

Τα μαύρα μάτια σου
όταν τα βλέπω με ζαλίζουνε
και την καρδιά μου συγκλονίζουνε
όταν τα βλέπω μου θυμίζουνε
κάποια αγάπη μου παλιά

Στίχοι:  

Μάρω Μπιζάνη

Μουσική:

Μανώλης Αγγελόπουλος

 

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