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SONG OF THE DAY “Ta Mavra Matia Sou”

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

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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

 

Odessey Greek Band – London

Greek Band for Hire


SONG OF THE DAY Misirlou

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

Angelopoulos 2

The song I have chosen for today is “Misirlou”.

The earliest recordings of the song are a 1919 Egyptian composition called Bint Misr and a 1927 Greek rebetiko composition influenced by Middle-Eastern music. There are also traditional Arabic, Jewish, Armenian and Turkish versions of the song.

In 1962, Dick Dale’s released the American surf rock version which gave worldwide popularity to this tune. It was also remade by the Beach Boys & The Ventures as well as performed time and time again by international orchestras.

The tune was again made hugely popular when it was the main theme in the 1994 movie, Pulp Fiction, and was also a big feature in the 2006 song by the Black Eyed Peas, PUMP IT.

I want to focus this Song Of The Day on the Manolis Angelopoulos version.

Here is a live version of this song, performed by Kotsiras…….

Here is the ORIGINAL

Here is one for the Pulp Fiction fans…….


The Lyrics

Μισιρλού μου, η γλυκιά σου η ματιά
φλόγα μου `χει ανάψει μες στην καρδιά,
αχ γιαχαμπίμπι, αχ γιαλελέλι, αχ
τα δυο σου χείλη στάζουνε μέλι, οϊμέ.

Αχ, Μισιρλού, μαγική ξωτική ομορφιά,
τρέλα θα μου `ρθει, δεν υποφέρω πια,
αχ, θα σε κλέψω μέσ’ απ’ την Αραπιά.

Μαυρομάτα Μισιρλού μου τρελή
η ζωή μου αλλάζει μ’ ένα φιλί,
αχ γιαχαμπίμπι, μ’ ένα φιλάκι, αχ
απ’ το δικό σου το στοματάκι, οϊμέ.

Misirlou mou, i glikia sou i matia
floga mou ‘hei anapsei mes stin kardia,
ah giahabibi, ah gialeleli, ah
ta dio sou heili stazoune meli, oime.

Ah, Misirlou, magiki ksotiki omorfia,
trela tha mou ‘rthei, den ipofero pia,
ah, tha se klepso mes’ ap’ tin Arapia.

Mavromata Misirlou mou treli
i zoi mou allazei m’ ena fili,
ah giahabibi, m’ ena filaki, ah
ap’ to diko sou to stomataki, oime.

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Odessey Greek Band – London

Greek Band for Hire


SONG OF THE DAY “Βάλ΄ τε μου δυο κανναβουριές”

Today’s Song Of The Day is dedicated to Απόστολος Νικολαΐδης.

 

Apostolos

The song I have chosen for today is “Βάλ΄ τε μου δυο κανναβουριές” also known as “Όταν πεθάνω θάφτε με”.

This song was released by Apostolos Nikolaithis in 1971 on the album “Otan Kapnizei o Loulas”. This was such a huge hit that only 2 years later in 1973, it was re-released by Spiros Zagoreos.

And here is Zagoreos version………..

The lyrics for this song

 

Όταν πεθάνω θάφτε με
σε μια γωνιά μονάχο
και δίπλα το μπουζούκι μου
παρηγοριά μου να `χω.

Κανείς δε θέλω για να ρθει
καντήλι να μ’ ανάψει
ούτε κι αυτή που αγαπώ
για μένανε να κλάψει.

Βάλ’ τε μου δυο κανναβουριές
τον ίσκιο τους να ρίχνουν
κι όταν φυσάει ο άνεμος
γλυκά να με δροσίζουν.

Βάλ’ τε μου δυο κανναβουριές
να κάνουν κανναβούρια
για να `ρχονται οι φίλοι μας κι οι γκόμενες
να γίνονται μαστούρια.

 

Odessey Greek Band – London

Greek Band for Hire


SONG OF THE DAY Σ’ αναζητώ στη Σαλονίκη – S’anazito Sti Saloniki

Today’s Song Of The Day is dedicated to Dimitris Mitropanos.

Mitropanos

This song was released on the album “Η Εθνική μας μοναξιά” in 1992. This massive number was also composed by the late Marios Tokas, one of the greatest ever Greek Composers, who work alongside Mitropanos for many years.

Here is the original video for this huge hit. Very well put together with a Medieval theme.

And here is the legend singing this masterpiece LIVE!!!!!!!

The lyrics for this song

Αφού με έσπειρε μια μοίρα αυτοκρατόρισσα
μήτρα με γέννησε αρχαία Μακεδόνισσα
μ’ άδεια φαρέτρα πολεμάω το χειμώνα
από το κάστρο στην καρδιά του Πλαταμώνα

Αφού με φέρνει μονοπάτι φαναριώτικο
ένα σοκάκι με κρατάει σαλονικιώτικο
έλα ένα βράδυ την υπόσχεση να πάρεις
πριν να τη σβήσει με σφουγγάρι ο Βαρδάρης

Σ’ αναζητώ
Σ’ αναζητώ στη Σαλονίκη ξημερώματα
λείπει το βλέμμα σου απ’ της αυγής τα χρώματα
σ’ αναζητώ
σ’ αναζητώ μ’ ένα βιολί κι ένα φεγγάρι
λείπει το όνειρο εσύ και το δοξάρι

Αφού μεθάω μ’ ένα κρασί αγιονορείτικο
και μ’ ένα ντέρτι σεκλετίζομαι πολίτικο
βρες το μαχαίρι που στα δύο μας χωρίζει
κι έλα εδώ στων στεναγμών το μετερίζι

Αφού στον Όλυμπο οι Θεοί τ’ αποφασίσανε
δώσαν στο κρύο τα κλειδιά κι αυτοκτονήσανε
μόνη ξυπνά μόνη κοιμάται τώρα η μέρα
με μηχανάκι με κομπιούτερ και φλογέρα

Σ’ αναζητώ
Σ’ αναζητώ στη Σαλονίκη ξημερώματα
λείπει το βλέμμα σου απ’ της αυγής τα χρώματα
σ’ αναζητώ
σ’ αναζητώ μ’ ένα βιολί κι ένα φεγγάρι
λείπει το όνειρο εσύ και το δοξάρι

 

Μουσική:  Μάριος Τόκας

SONG OF THE DAY Mexri Na Vroume Ourano

Today’s Song Of The Day is dedicated to Glykeria

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The song I have chosen for today is Mexri Na Vroume Ourano” 

This song was released in 1992 on the album “I Hora Ton Thavmaton” and was a massive hit for Glykeria.

Here is the track list for that album:

Track listing

  1. “Kai Oti Po” (Anything I say) – 3:26
  2. “Fisa Vardari Mou” – 2:42
  3. “Ego Kai O Ponos Mou” (Me and my pain) – 3:28
  4. “Leili Leili” – 3:01
  5. “Mehri Na Vroume Ourano” (Until we find the skies) – 3:14
  6. “Pou Pas Aliki” (Where are you going Aliki) – 5:36
  7. “Gia Tin Ellada” (For Greece) – 3:50
  8. “Otan Vrehei Se Thimamai” (When it rains I remember you) – 3:52
  9. “San Vanilia” (Like vanilla) – 3:18
  10. “Ksafnika Mia Vradia” (Suddenly one evening) – 3:08
  11. “12 Theoi” (12 Gods) – 4:00
  12. “Klefta Klefta” (Sly sly) – 3:36
  13. “Gia Tin Ellada” (For Greece) [Extended Version] – 4:45

LYRICS

Μέχρι να γίνουμε άγγελοι να βγάλουμε φτερά,
ας μείνουμε με γρατσουνιές στους ώμους και στην πλάτη,
να μαρτυράνε πως οι δυο πετάξαμε ψηλά
σαν κοιμηθήκαμε μαζί στο ίδιο το κρεβάτι.

Ρεφρέν
Μέχρι να βρούμε ουρανό,
άσε με να παραμιλώ,
να καίγομαι στο σώμα σου,
και να φιλώ το στόμα σου.

Μέχρι να γίνουμε άγγελοι να βγάλουμε φτερά,
ας μείνουμε με γρατσουνιές στους ώμους και στην πλάτη,
τις νύχτες να σε προσκυνώ με λόγια φλογερά
σαν θα σε ρίχνω στης φωτιάς ξανά το μονοπάτι.

Ρεφρέν


SONG OF THE DAY Zembekiko Tis Evdokias

The song I have chosen for today is Zeibekiko tis Evdokias

evdokia

Even though we call this SONG OF THE DAY, I still wanted to feature this Fantastic Classic tune. It is an instrumental piece and probably one of the most popular Greek tunes Ever!

Here is a clip from the original Movie it was written for.

and Mr Karantinis………..

Zeibekiko tis Evdokias is one of the most famous instrumental themes in Greek music. In Greek it should be translated as “Zeibekiko of Evdokia”.

Zeibekiko tis Evdokias was composed by Manos Loizos in 1971 for the homonym movie, Evdokia by Alexis Damianos. It is, along with Zorba the Greek, one of the most recognizable Greek melodies.

Its melody is usually stimulating and emotive to the Greeks; it makes them want to dance zeibekiko. After all, Evdokia is one of the most famous zeibekiko songs in Greece, which reflects freedom of the spirit, as well as passion, expression of feelings and manhood. In the movie, this theme was danced by a young soldier in a tavern.

The movie Evdokia

The movie Evdokia is a passion drama whose main characters are a young sergeant and a prostitute, who meet at a small town in Greece.

Giorgos, the soldier, dances a zeibekiko dedicated to this woman, Evdokia. However, Evdokia’s fiance (and pimp)  reacts and a fight starts.

Zeibekiko of Evdokia is a man’s dance that reflects his passion and desire, but also his “sevdah”. It comes as no surprise that this is the dance of a buster man – a magkas in Greek.

In the movie, the soldier is oppressed by the army since he is always obliged to obey to orders that diminish his personality. This zeibekiko dance is a way to express his feelings and free himself from all this oppression that makes his life miserable.

Evdokia and Giorgos dance together, in a way that  “connects” them; it’s like an erotic act. But since the society is still too introverted and conservative, this free dance has to stop. And this is why the pimp – who symbolizes oppression and conservatism once more – interferes and the fight starts.

The movie is all about the conflict of social values and desires, the inner struggle of the main heroes; Alexis Damianos takes a simple love story and creates a comment on the Greek society of that time, a “Greek tragedy” with socio-political reflections. Evdokia was characterized as one of the best Greek movies of all times, and definitely for a reason.

Zeibekiko tis Evdokias, a dance for the Greek soul

The dance Zeibekiko tis Evdokias is so much intertwined with the Greek soul, is the focal point of the movie, because it symbolizes love, passion, freedom and reaction to the society that tries to strain love and desire.

Watch the video, and the movie if possible, it’s a perfect example of soul-danced zeibekiko, a perfect example of the true spirit of an authentic Greek man who stands no oppression.

(Article taken from “http://www.greeksongs-greekmusic.com/zeibekiko-tis-evdokias/”)


SONG OF THE DAY Fragosiriani (Locomondo)

Today’s Song Of The Day is dedicated to the band LOCOMONDO

locomondo

The song I have chosen for today is Fragosiriani

Fragosiriani was first released in 1935 by Markos Vamvakaris. A huge song which has been popular ever since it was released. It had been performed by countless artists including Bithikotsis, Poulopoulos, Dalaras and now today’s featured group, LOCOMONDO.

I have never been a fan of taking a song a changing it, but this for me has got to be an exception. Locomondo have taken this song a Reggaefied it. They have added such a fun and feel good factor to this song!!!!!!!!

I hope you agree!

Here is a LIVE version!!!!!!!!

Locomondo is ska-reggae band from Greece. The 7-member band fronted by Markos Koumaris, the main songwriter and composer of the group, fuses Reggae, Ska and Caribbean sounds with Greek traditional musical elements. (wiki)

The Lyrics

Μία φούντωση, μια φλόγα
έχω μέσα στην καρδιά
λες και μάγια μου `χεις κάνει
Φραγκοσυριανή γλυκιά
λες και μάγια μου `χεις κάνει
Φραγκοσυριανή γλυκιά

Θα `ρθω να σε ανταμώσω
κάτω στην ακρογιαλιά
Θα ήθελα να σε χορτάσω
όλο χάδια και φιλιά
Θα ήθελα να σε χορτάσω
όλο χάδια και φιλιά

Θα σε πάρω να γυρίσω
Φοίνικα, Παρακοπή
Γαλησσά και Nτελαγκράτσια
και ας μου `ρθει συγκοπή
Γαλησσά και Nτελαγκράτσια
και ας μου `ρθει συγκοπή

Στο Πατέλι, στο Nυχώρι
φίνα στην Αληθινή
και στο Πισκοπιό ρομάντζα
γλυκιά μου Φραγκοσυριανή
και στο Πισκοπιό ρομάντζα
γλυκιά μου Φραγκοσυριανή

 


SONG OF THE DAY Den Ise ‘si Gia Mena

Today’s Song Of The Day is dedicated to Mixalis Theodosiou.

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The song I have chosen for today is “Den Ise ‘si Gia Mena”.

Den Ise ‘si Gia Mena was released on the 24th June 2013.

mixalis theodosiou

The lyrics were written by Harry K who also wrote the music and was performed by Mixalis Theodosiou.

Not a stranger to the stage, Mixalis has been performing alongside his Father since the age of 14 at weddings, christenings and other various engagements while his first singing appearance was at his local Greek School Dinner and Dance aged 15. He continued to build up a profile for himself performing with various bands and artists and by his early teenage years he was headlining various North London Bouzoukia Night Clubs. Mixalis then went on to form his own band, Cleopatra with Andy Varnava. He stands as the front man singer alongside five other muscians who together have played all over the country entertaining countless communities and audiences while more recently had the opportunity to be the opening act for Yiorgos Tsalikis.

http://www.mixalis-theodosiou.com

You can see him perform live every Friday and Saturday at The Apollo Bouzoukia restaurant, Seven Sisters Road.

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SONG OF THE DAY To Telefteo Vradi Mou

Today’s Song Of The Day is dedicated to“Stelios Kazantzidis.

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The song I have chosen to feature today is, To Telefteo Vradi Mou, also known as Dio Portes Exei I Zoi

This is one the all time greatest songs. This was originally performed by Stelios Kazantzidis and Marinella. The lyrics are by Eftichia Papagianopoulos and the music is by Kazantzidis himself. The song was first released on 78 rpm Vinyl Record in 1959 by His Masters Voice in Greece. The record also contained the song “Madhubala” and sold about 100,000 pieces in its year of release beating the previous record of 45,000 record sales that Hadjidakis song “Garifallo st’ afti” had set.

Here are some live versions of this masterpiece!………..

Stelios Kazantzidis
Στέλιος Καζαντζίδης
Birth name Stylianos Kazantzidis
Born 29 August 1931
Nea Ionia, Athens, Greece
Died 14 September 2001 (aged 70)
Athens, Greece
Genres Laïkó, Rebetiko
Occupation(s) Singer
Instruments vocals, occasional 12-string guitar
Years active 1952–2000
Labels HMV, Standard, Olympic, Nina, Odeon, Minos, Parlophone, Columbia, Music Box/MBI, Capitol, Regal, Phillips, Peters International, Polydor
Associated acts Marinella, Kaiti Grey, Litsa Diamandi, Christos Nikolopoulos.

The lyrics for this song

Το τελευταίο βράδυ μου,
απόψε το περνάω,
κι’ όσοι με πίκραναν πολύ,
τώρα που φεύγω απ’ τη ζωή,
όλους τους συγχωρνάω.

Όλα είναι ένα ψέμα,
μια ανάσα, μια πνοή,
σαν λουλούδι κάποιο χέρι
θα μας κόψει μιαν αυγή.

Εκεί που πάω δεν περνά
το δάκρυ και ο πόνος,
τα βάσανα και οι καημοί,
εδώ θα μείνουν, στη ζωή,
κι’ εγώ θα φύγω μόνος.

Όλα είναι ένα ψέμα,
μια ανάσα, μια πνοή,
σαν λουλούδι κάποιο χέρι
θα μας κόψει μιαν αυγή.

Δυο πόρτες έχει η ζωή,
άνοιξα μια και μπήκα,
σεργιάνισα ένα πρωινό
κι’ ώσπου να ‘ρθει το δειλινό,
από την άλλη βγήκα.

Stelios Kazantzidis and Eftichia Papagianopoulos

 

*some info taken from Wikipedia

SONG OF THE DAY O Pio Kalos O Mathitis

Today’s Song Of The Day is dedicated to“Giorgos Zampetas.

zambetas

The song I have chosen to feature today is “O Pio Kalos O Mathitis”.

This song was written in 1961 and featured in the 1968 classic movie,”O Pio Kalos O Mathitis” written by Γιώργος Λαζαρίδης and directed by Κώστας Ανδρίτσος.

Here is another live version of this great song.

Zambetas was Born January 25 1925 in Athens, Greece and Died March 10th 1992 in Aigaleo, Greece.

The lyrics for this song

Ένα καιρό που μ’ έστελνε
η μάνα μου σχολείο ω! ω! ω! ω!
κι ο δάσκαλος μου μ’ έβαζε
στο πρώτο το θρανίο

Ο πιο καλός ο μαθητής
ήμουνα εγώ στη τάξη ω! ω! ω! ω!
κι οι δάσκαλοι μου με είχανε
μη βρέξει και μη στάξει

Πάντοτε στο τετράδιο
βαθμό έπαιρνα δέκα ω! ω! ω! ω!
κι αν στη ζωή πήρα μηδέν
τα φταίει μια γυναίκα

Στον έλεγχο διαγωγή
είχα κοσμιωτάτη ω! ω! ω! ω!
κι όμως οι συναναστροφές
μου βγάλανε το μάτι

Στίχοι: Χαράλαμπος Βασιλειάδης
Μουσική: Γιώργος Ζαμπέτας


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