Wednesday, March 17, 2010

O Megalos Manolis


















Manolis Angelopoulos was a Greek Roma (Gypsy) singer of Laiko music.

Angelopoulos was born in Agios Athanasios, Drama prefecture on April 8, 1939. Having been discovered quite by accident (singing while he was working), he first recorded a song in 1957. He gained popularity during the 1960s singing about Asia Minor refugees, unrequited love, exotic places and his own love affair with Annoula Vasiliou, who became his wife.

From his childhood Manolis travelled the length of Greece with the family caravan selling a variety of goods from carpets to watermelons. The caravan trucks had a microphone and he began to sell these items through the use of his singing voice over the loadspeakers. His talent was noticed very early on and he fortunately recorded his first song in 1957.

He gained popularity during the 1960s singing about love but also topics like Greek refugees and exotic places. He also brought a mix of Greek-Gypsy-Arabian influences into the Greek music scene.

His song "Ta mavra matia sou", is considered an anthem of the Greek gypsies and one of the most favorite songs in Greece in respect of the Chifteteli.

Angelopoulos toured the USA during the 1970s with great success. He died on April 2, 1989 in London.

*wikipedia* and phantis

Palia Spania Laika - Petros Anagnwstakis



Vicky Moscholiou



Vicky Moscholiou was born during the German Occupation of Greece, a time of hardship and privation. Her family lived in one room. Her father worked in the vegetable market, and her mother suffered from consumption and received a small allowance. They managed to scrape together the money for a plot of land in Upper Agia Varvara and build a home there. Two more children followed, a brother and sister.
Agia Varvara then, and especially where we lived, was empty. A few houses, endless fields, and quite a few gypsies with their bears and their songs. There was great poverty but I liked it there. I’d wander around barefoot all day, run, play with the other children, fall, hurt myself, get up and do the same all over again. There was however civility and compassion, a feeling for others which I think has slowly vanished with the years.[1]
Her grandfather and grandmother worked at the National Theatre of Greece. He did the lighting, she the costumes. Vicky would go with her grandfather and watch the shows. She dreamed of being an actress, but ended up a singer.
Her first break came in 1962 through the intervention of her cousin Effie Linda. Grigoris Bithikotsis remembers how she came to him and asked him to audition Vicky when he was rehearsing for a season at Vasilis Cheilas’ club Triana. They arranged a time but Bithikotsis arrived late and nearly missed her.
You know, if I’d been stopped by traffic lights that afternoon, Vicky Moscholiou might not have become a singer. Listen then: I go through a red light, arrive outside Triana, park my car and see a girl and a woman leaving. Afterwards I learnt it was her mother. The young girl recognised me. “Mr Bithikotsis, I’m Vasiliki, Vicky Moscholiou, about whom my cousin told you. Mr Kostas Papadopoulos and the musicians in the band listened to me and they told me I wouldn’t do.” “Come inside,” I said to her, “so that I can listen to you as well.” So we went inside again, and she and her mother sat down. As soon as I approached the stage Kostas Papadopoulos said to me, “The girl sings out of tune…” “Let me hear her as well,” I said. She sang two songs—I forget which—and I realised that her voice was different... *wikipedia*

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Earthquake rattles Los Angeles - <--- click for article

A small earthquake hit Los Angeles, California early Tuesday Morning. No reports of any damage. The quake was reported ranging in the 4.4 magnitude range and the epicenter was 11 miles east-southeast of the Los Angeles Civic Center.

The quake awakened some residents, but was otherwise, not a major event. It was exactly one week ago, that Hawaii sustained an earthquake that was nearly identical in size and scope of the Los Angeles Earthquake. 
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mike_s_etc/434247098/

MyGreekSpirit is a PISCES with LEO MOON and VIRGO RISING ;-)


















Sir Frank Dicksee painting titled Passion

Monday, March 15, 2010

Zeibekiko



 
Zeibekiko (or Zeybekiko, Greek: Ζεϊμπέκικο) is considered an urban improvisational dance[1] from Greece with a rhythmic pattern of 9/4[2] or else 9/8[3] (broken down as 1/8 + 1/16 + 1/16 + 1/8 + 1/8 + 1/8 + 1/16 + 1/16 + 1/8 + 1/8 + 1/8). The dance originated from the Zeybek warriors of Anatolia and was partly introduced in Greece after the 1923 population exchanges following the Treaty of Lausanne.[4] Subsequently, the dance became naturalized in Greece and is now re-introduced in Turkey as a Greek dance.[4] It has been suggested that the well-known Greek rebetiko composer and singer Markos Vamvakaris from the island of Syros played an important role in shaping and popularizing this type of music and dance.[5] Zeibekiko is common in Greece and areas around the world with large Greek populations. Throughout history it has been known as an intensely personal dance where people can express their individuality. Only one man at a time may dance it. If another got up, it would be a cause for conflict and possible violence. However, in the 21st century a certain dance etiquette has evolved, seeing men either wait until the dancing man stops and then begin dancing, or standing up so the dancer gives them his place. In contemporary society, women may dance also the Zeibekiko. Traditionally, applause was not sought nor commonly given, out of respect. This did not, however, lessen creativity, with dancers performing feats such as standing on a glass of wine or a chair or fireplace, or picking up a table, adding a sense of little braggadocio and humor. Zeibekiko songs are popular and vast - some of the more traditional Zeibekiko songs are To Zeimpekiko Ths Eudokias. *wikipedia*

Ploutarhos Live with Greek Dancers



Ploutarhos singing Poulopoulos famous song

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Oniropagida - Dreamcatcher











http://www.steki.gr/video.php?user=28018&video_id=11443

DJ Ntoberman Spania Laika

DJ Ntoberman

Orientalist Artists

Frederick Arthur Bridgman 
(November 10, 1847 - 1928) was an American artist, born in Tuskegee, Alabama.
An American Southerner, born in Tuskeegee, Alabama, the son of a physician, Bridgman would become one of the United States' most well-known and well-regarded painters and become known as one of the world's most talented "Orientalist" painters. He began as a draughtsman in New York City, for the American Bank Note Company in 1864-1865, and studied art in the same years at the Brooklyn Art Association and at the National Academy of Design; but he went to Paris in 1866 and became a pupil of Jean-Leon Gerome. Paris then became his headquarters. A trip to Egypt in 1873-1874 resulted in pictures of the East that attracted immediate attention, and his large and important composition, The Funeral Procession of a Mummy on the Nile, in the Paris Salon (1877), bought by James Gordon Bennett, brought him the Cross of the Legion of Honor. Other paintings by him were An American Circus in Normandy, Procession of the Bull Apis (now in the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.), and a Rumanian Lady (in the Temple collection, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania).




 Odalisque by Leon Francois Comerre A reclined odalisque waiting for her sheik by the French painter Léon-François Comerre (1850-1916). An odalisque was a female slave in an Ottoman seraglio. She was an assistant or apprentice to the concubines and wives, and she might rise in status to become one of them. Most odalisques were part of the Imperial Harem, that is, the household, of the sultan. An odalisque was not a concubine of the harem, but it was possible that she could become one. Odalisques were ranked at the bottom of the social stratification of a harem, serving not the sultan, but rather, his concubines and wives as personal chambermaids. Odalisques were usually slaves given as gifts to the sultan. Comerre paintings were all about lighthearted sensuality. His breathtaking pictures, painted in a lucid and glowing style, had an extraordinary way of revealing an air of frivolity coupled with deliberate eroticism. He had an affinity with nature, especially its dramatic and ethereal aspects. Primeval intensity, blithe elegance, and an ethereal atmosphere characterize his opulent painting style. Léon Francois Comerre was born in Trélon, France and lived in Paris and London. At 17, Comerre went to Paris to study under French artist, Alexander Cabanel who influenced him to paint orientalist themes. He also studied at the French Academy under Lille.

http://theorientalistgallery.blogspot.com