Rebetiko is a popular genre of Greek urban music, which was formed at the beginning of the 20th century. In 1923, Greece was faced with the resettlement of over 1.5 million Greeks from the Asia Minor area. Greek poor class of workers had a strong contact with the refugees and their culture. The musicians of these two cultures were spontaneously exchanging musical ideas and as a result – Rebetiko was born.
“Rebetiko is the music of free people. They wanted to express themselves, not to change society. Politicians hated Rebetiko, especially communists and fascists because they were afraid of free minds. But I want to be myself.” – George Semkos.
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Bouzouki is the special instrument for playing Rebetiko. The name bouzouki comes from the Turkish word bozuk, meaning “broken” or “modified”. The unique sound of this instrument reminds voices from the human’s soul, as usual, filled by sorrow or despair.
“Topics of songs are different– it depends on your mood and what do you feel in the moment. Rebetico can cover many different feelings and situations but human is always in the center of Rebetiko.” – George
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“For me, it is the most honest music, they do not hide
Rebetiko – music from the underground, which appeared in cities and still lives in their streets. This part of Greek culture teaches us to be ourselves in any moments of life and to be brave to say about what we are thinking.