Traditional Greek Music Radio Podcast

Episode 6: Ποντιακά (Pontos)

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Episode 6: Ποντιακά (Pontos)
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Αγάπη, Τσίπουρο, Μπουζούκι & Roll is calling all stations to Πόντος, in the coast of the Black Sea. Our local informer is Βασίλης Γιορανίδης, and we will have the chance to have a deeper experience of the traditional music of Pontos, Ποντιακά, through the magnificient voice of Μελήνα Χατζικαμάνου – who presented the first live […]

Traditional Greek Music Radio Podcast

Episode 3: Ρεμπέτικα (special)

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Episode 3: Ρεμπέτικα (special)
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Beware: the present episode will have double the action and triple the excitement! Not only will a new presenter… be… presented – as we will be set in an adventure, together with Δημήτρης Μαυροματάκης, through one of the most important traditions of Greek music, Ρεμπέτικα. The Greek Blues, as some say! The present edition will […]

Pfizer vaccine Greece

Albert Bourla, the greek CEO of Pfizer who spends the summer in Halkidiki

The pharmaceutical community seems to be involved in a fast race to get the most effective vaccine to fight the spread of Covid-19. The first company to release a high rate of efficacy was the American Pfizer. It was announced that the vaccine they are developing together with the German BioNTech is over 95% effective in adults. […]

Traditional Greek Music Radio Podcast

Episode 2: Ethnic Jazz & Fusion (special)

Balkan Hotspot Radio
Episode 2: Ethnic Jazz & Fusion (special)
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Μάρκος Χατζηαθανασίου was the chosen surgeon for the second episode of Αγάπη, Τσίπουρο, Μπουζούκι & Roll, in order to dissect what Ethnic Jazz and the Hellenistic musical roots have been up to. This Ethnic Jazz & Fusion special episode will open a Pandora’s Box filled with the most surprising combinations of musical influences. Additional material for […]

Traditional Greek Music Radio Podcast

Episode 1: Ερωτόκριτος (Crete)

Balkan Hotspot Radio
Episode 1: Ερωτόκριτος (Crete)
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In the first episode of Αγάπη, Τσίπουρο, Μπουζούκι & Roll, our colleague Κατερίνα Σταύρου will explore Ερωτόκριτος, a folkloric tradition originated in the island of Crete during its Renaissance period. Every Thursday at 21h00, we take off!  Song list (by order of appearance): 1. O Trohos Tis Miras, by Nίκος Ξυλούρης + Rizes, by Nίκος Ξυλούρης […]

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Una faccia, una razza?

Italy and Greece are two countries deeply connected with each other. An Italian travelling or working in Greece will have probably heard the same sentence over and over. “Una faccia, una razza”: μια φατσα μια ρατσα, in Greek. The saying alludes to a significant similarity between Italian and Greek people, both physically and mentality-wise. The […]

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Crete, from Heraklion to Vai

Crete is the largest island in Greece and the fifth in the Mediterranean Sea.  The island was the birthplace of the Minoan civilization, the first advanced one in Europe. The Mycenaeans, the Romans, the Byzantines, the Venetians and the Ottomans were the following rulers of the island. Such a history left Crete with an impressive […]

Safe sex and stigma in Thessaloniki

“The sexual urge is the most violent of our desires: the desire of all our desires” Arthur Schopenhauer The habits and traditions of a certain society regarding sexuality and its expression are an essential part of it. Over the course of history, the perception of them changed significantly. The so-called “sexual revolution” that started in […]