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SONG OF THE DAY Misirlou

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

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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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Business of the Day

Today’s featured Business of the Day is “Spangles By Els

Spangles By Els specialise in custom gifts and accessories. Their wedding collection includes wedding shoes customised to your specification, wedding party gifts, personalised wedding morning clothes, and many many more exciting and unique items!

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They also have an extensive range of baby items suitable for Christenings, birthdays etc. All items can be customised with your choice of colours and designs to fit your event theme perfectly, and can even include Greek personalisations.

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You can call Els for a tailored quote and design ideas. She is always happy to help and gives 100% to each project no matter how big or small. Within just under 3 short years of business, Spanges By Els have built a well deserved positive reputation, and a loyal customer base, and it’s clear to see why!

Located in Enfield, they offer free local delivery within the North London area, and will travel further for a small delivery fee, or post your items to you directly.

Contact them on

Mobile 07712277283

Email spanglesbyels@hotmail.co.uk

Or visit their Facebook page

http://www.facebook.com/spanglesbyels

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SONG OF THE DAY Ginete – Γίνεται

Today’s Song Of The Day is dedicated to Pantelis Pantelitis

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The song I have chosen for today is

Ginete” “Γίνεται

This song was released on the 2013 album “Ginete”

Enjoy the video!!!!!!

Here is a LIVE video too……..

 

The Lyrics

 

Αφήνω πίσω στην καρδιά μου δυο πληγωμένα σ” αγαπώ
κοντά σου έρχομαι καρδιά μου και περιμένω να σωθώ
κοντά σου έρχομαι καρδιά μου και περιμένω να σωθώ
Αφήνω πίσω στην καρδιά μου δυο πληγωμένα σ” αγαπώ
Μου λες δε γίνεται να ξαναείμαστε μαζί
πως αποκλείετε και γω κομμάτια γίνομαι
Μου λες δε γίνεται όμως με ένα μου φιλί καρδιά μου
γίνεται γίνεται γίνεται
Αφήνω πίσω στην καρδιά μου ένα μεγάλο χωρισμό
κοντά σου έρχομαι καρδιά μου και περιμένω να σωθώ
κοντά σου έρχομαι καρδιά μου και περιμένω να σωθώ
Αφήνω πίσω στην καρδιά μου ένα μεγάλο χωρισμό
Μου λες δε γίνεται να ξαναείμαστε μαζί
πως αποκλείετε και γω κομμάτια γίνομαι
Μου λες δε γίνεται όμως με ένα μου φιλί καρδιά μου
γίνεται γίνεται γίνεται
Pantelitis

SONG OF THE DAY Eimai Mia Hara “Είμαι μια χαρά”

Today’s Song Of The Day is dedicated to Γιώργος Τσαλίκης

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Gorgos Tsalikis

The song I have chosen for today is

Eimai Mia Hara” “Είμαι μια χαρά

Enjoy the video!!!!!!

 

The Lyrics

Κάτι βραδιές που πέρασαν, κι όσα ξέρω ξέχασα
Για να σε καταλάβω, συμπέρασμα να βγάλω
Πνεύματα μυστήρια, έβγαλα εισιτήρια
Και άλλαξα πορεία, παλιά μου ιστορία

Και είμαι μια χαρά, στα καλύτερά μου
Δε γουστάρω πια, φύγε μακριά μου
Και είμαι μια χαρά, κι όλα μέλι γάλα
Δε σε θέλω πια, και πηγαίνω γι’ άλλα

Μείνε εκεί να σκέφτεσαι, μονάχη να μπερδεύεσαι
Στα πρέπει και στα θέλω
Και εγώ πια δε σε θέλω
Και τι καλά που έκανα, μονάχα χρόνο έχανα
Μ’ εσένα στην πορεία, παλιά μου ιστορία

Και είμαι μια χαρά, στα καλύτερά μου
Δε γουστάρω πια, φύγε μακριά μου
Και είμαι μια χαρά, κι όλα μέλι γάλα
Δε σε θέλω πια, και πηγαίνω γι’ άλλα

Στίχοι:  Νίκος Τερζής
Μουσική:  Νίκος Τερζής

SONG OF THE DAY Zembekiko Tis Evdokias

The song I have chosen for today is Zeibekiko tis Evdokias

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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

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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 Kai Na’mouna

Today’s Song Of The Day is dedicated to Themis Adamantidis

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The song I have chosen for today is “ Kai Na’mouna

This song was released in 2000 on the album “Bou Vriskese”.

 

The Lyrics

Έχω μια διαίσθηση, προχώρημα του νου
Που λάμπει μες τα σύννεφα σαν άστρο του ουρανού
Έχω μια διαίσθηση που όταν δεν είσ’ εδώ
Της σκέψης σου τ’ απόκρυφα διαβάζω και εξηγώ..

Και να’μουνα, άψυχο σώμα, να ‘μουνα…
άχρωμο χρώμα να ‘μουνα, στο φως να μην υπάρχω
Και να ‘μουνα, άψυχο σώμα, να ‘μουνα
άχρωμο χρώμα να ‘μουνα, ποτέ να μην ξανάρθω.

Έχω μια διαίσθηση, που με ειδοποιεί
Μια δυνατή παραίσθηση που βγαίνει αληθινή
Έχω μια διαίσθηση σα ζωντανή ματιά
Που δε μ’ αφήνει ήσυχο, μου καίει την καρδιά.

 

 


SONG OF THE DAY O Stratos

Today’s Song Of The Day is dedicated to Notis Sfakianakis.

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The song I have chosen for today is “O Stratos”.

Here is a live version of this song…….

This song was released in 1996 on the album "5o Vima"

The Lyrics

Ήταv φίλε μoυ λεβέvτης
ήταvε καλό παιδί
και τov αγαπoύσαv όλoι
και τov λάτρεψαv πoλλoί
πoιός δεv έχει τραγoυδήσει
“Ταξιτζή” και “Παλιατζή”.

Φίλε έφυγε o Στράτoς
και παρέλυσε τo κράτoς
κι η vυχτεριvή ζωή
έχει μείvει oρφαvή.
Φίλε έφυγε o Στράτoς
και παρέλυσε τo κράτoς
κι η vυχτεριvή ζωή
έχει μείvει oρφαvή.

Έφυγε δίχως αvτίo
ξαφvικά έvα πρωί
γιατί άρεσαv στo Χάρo
τα τραγoύδια πoυ ’χε πει
και τov πήρε τρoβαδoύρo
στo δικό τoυ μαγαζί.

Φίλε έφυγε o Στράτoς
και παρέλυσε τo κράτoς
κι η vυχτεριvή ζωή
έχει μείvει oρφαvή.
Φίλε έφυγε o Στράτoς
και παρέλυσε τo κράτoς
κι η vυχτεριvή ζωή
έγιvε άχαρη πoλύ.

 


SONG OF THE DAY Tonight-Simera

Today’s Song Of The Day is dedicated to Michalis Hatzigiannis & Reamonn

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The song I have chosen for today is “Tonight – Simera”.

This is a Greek & English song performed by Reamonn and Mixalis Hatzigiannis.

It is taken from the album, Pio Poli released in 2007

The song Simera is performed here in a combined version with Hatzigiannis and Rea Garvey, the singer of the band Reamonn, at the Mad Awards presentation live.

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The Lyrics

She never took the train alone
she hated being on her own
She always took me by the hand
and say she needs me
Φοβόταν μόνη να βρεθεί έτρεμε κάθε σιωπή
πάντα με κράταγε σφιχτά
να μη της φύγω
But then night becomes the day
and there’s nothing left to say
If there’s nothing left to say
then something’s wrong

Σήμερα με σκότωσες ξανά
μετά από δυο φιλιά με πέθανες ξανά
Oh tonight you killed me with your smile
so beautiful and wild so beautiful and wild

Πάντα εδώ και πάντα αλλού
ο νικητής του παιχνιδιού
παίρνει ένα της φιλί λίγο πριν φύγει
But in a whisper she’d arrive
and dance into my life
Like a music melody like a lovers song

Oh tonight you killed me with your smile
so beautiful and wild so beautiful
Σήμερα με σκότωσες ξανά
μετά από δυο φιλιά με πέθανες ξανά

Through the darkest night σου τραγουδώ
And the light that shines είμαι ακόμα εδώ
It’s who you are είμαι ακόμα εδώ

Oh tonight you killed me with your smile
so beautiful and wild so beautiful
Σήμερα με σκότωσες ξανά
μετά από δυο φιλιά με πέθανες ξανά

 


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

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