Episode 6: Ποντιακά (Pontos)

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Episode 6: Ποντιακά (Pontos)
Traditional Greek Music Radio Podcast

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 performance for the Dear Listeners of this show!

[and because the presenter himself is a little bit Pontian – proudly, by the way – he didn’t realise the microphone was disconnected when recording Μελήνα’s presentation, which will be left written:]

Μελήνα Χατζικαμάνου (Melína Jatzikamánu) was born in Thessaloniki and still lives there. Has 32 years old and since really young I remembers herself as part of the tradition. At first, as a traditional dancer, and later, as a musician. Completed her studies at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in the Department of Political Sciences, and at the same time studied Byzantine and Contemporary European music. Obtained a Diploma in Monody and a Degree in Harmony, although had already started to work as a singer. From her point of view, traditional singing is not exactly a profession – but most of all a need for expression, existencial survival and psychotherapy. Feels happy and lucky for having had the opportunity to collaborate with almost all her colleagues within the Pontian music heritage, and with a substantial part of musicians from other musical traditions. Her goal is to be able to be in this musical world with all her vocal and mental strength for as long as possible.

Song list (by order of appearance):

1. Χριστός γεννέθεν (Κερασούντος), by Κατερίνα Παπαδοπούλου

2. Ταξιδεύοντας με Ομάλ Αϊβάζ….Ωφ!!Ωφ!!, by Στάθης Τσαϊρίδης & Αντώνης Παπαδόπουλος

3. Ο Γιάννες ο Μονόγιαννες, by Γιώργος Αμαραντίδης

4. Ποντοπόροι Χορός Τας, by Γιάννης Παλαπουικίδης & Αλέκος Παπαδόπουλος

5. Κότσαρι τουλούμ, by Γιώργος Σιαμίδης

6. Τεκ Καϊτέ Σόλο, by Αντώνης Παπαδόπουλος

7. Αχ βαχ κεχριμπάρ’ (Τικ Καρς), by Γιώργος Ιωαννίδης & Φάνης Κουρουκλίδης

8. Ο κύρ’ ιμ’ και η μάνα μ’, by Στάθης Ευσταθιάδης

9. Η κορ επήεν σο παρχάρ, by Χρύσανθος

10. Μωμόγερος, by Αλέξανδρος Παρχαρίδης, Στάθης Παρχαρίδης, Γιώργος Σοφιανίδης & Παναγιώτης Θεοδωρίδης

11. LIVE – Αναστορώ τα Παλεά, sung by Μελήνα Χατζικαμάνου

Additional material for extra-curious listeners:

An ethnographical piece about Μωμοέρια:
Traditional dances from Πόντος:

Other episodes:

Post Author: Bernardo Guerra Machado

It has been 24 years of having dense, made in Portugal eyebrows. Despite not being able to drink from champagne flutes due to his big nose, he has recently concluded a master in Evolution and Human Behaviour. Feels passionate about gathering unexpected stories and understanding the process of learning a new culture.

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