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Main » 2006 » September » 17 » Markos Vamvakaris - Fragkosyriani
Markos Vamvakaris - Fragkosyriani
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Track  List :
2.Imouna magkas mia  fora
3.Mia  mikropantremeni
4.Pseftikos einai o  ntounias
5.Dyo  gyftopoules
6. Ta matoklada sou  lampoun
8.Mauri zoi mikroula  mou
10.Ti me ofeloun oi  anoixes
11.Fora ta maura fora  ta
12.Ta omorfa ta galana sou  matia


Markos was born to a poor  working family on the island of Syros in 1905. His father played the greek  bagpipes called Gaida and Markos would accompany him on the dog-skinned drum.  When Markos was eight years old he left school to work with his mother in a  cotton thread factory, which he promptly ditched and started picking up odd jobs  like newspaper boy, butchers assistant, eventually getting mixed up with the  underworld of the streets.

When he was fifteen years  old he stowed away on a ship to Piraeus and got a job loading coals on the  docks. This was tough, low-down work, but the nights were all about hashish and  women. He was kept in fine clothes by an older whore and hung out at the  tekes((place where underground people gathered to listen to rembetiko music and  smoke hasish) every night. In 1925, Markos heard Old Nikos play bouzouki and was  immediately hooked. Six months later he was playing at a teke when Old Nikos  stopped by, he couldn't believe it was the same kid who'd never even played a  few months earlier. Nikos said they'd show Markos something i the morning and  he'd come back and play it better than them in the evening.

Because the bouzouki was  considered a low-class instrument, it had not been recorded until 1932 when  Yiannis Halikias (aka Jack Gregory), a greek-american, recorded his "Minor Tou  Deke". The record was very popular, so Spyros Peristeris, who was working as a  record producer, composer and instrumentalist for Odeon records in Greece,  convinced Odeon to record Vamvakaris. In 1933, Peristeris supervised, and played  guitar on Markos' first recording session (although he had recorded two songs in  1932 for Columbia, they were not released until later). Markos recorded one  zebekiko, O Dervises, and one Hassapiko, O Harmanes. Markos hadn't considered  himself a singer but ended up doing the vocals on these records. They were very  successful and Markos' rough and powerful singing became fashionable.

Markos eventually teamed  up with singer Stratos Pagioumitzis, baglamatzis Jiorgos Batis, and bouzouki  player Anestis Delias to form his famous Piraeus Quartet. His popularity was  sustained throughout the 1930's, despite growing political turmoil. Eventually  the style of rebetika that Markos had pioneered became more mainstream, and by  the 1940's Tsitsanis had started changing the subject matter to be about love  and less about hashish, prison and other rebetika topics. Likewise, Hiotis  started changing the sound of the music, adding strings to the bouzouki in 1956  and moving towards a more flashy, electric and westernized sound. Markos  continued to record in his older style through this period. He passed away in  1972.

Vamvarakis,  Markos. Autobiogrphia. Ed. Ageliki-Bellou-Keil. Athens, Greece: Ekdoseis  Papazisi, 1978.
Emery, Ed; Petropoulos, Elias. Songs of the Greek Underworld:  The Rebetika Tradition. London: Saqi,2000.
Holst, Gail. Road to Rembetika:  Music from a Greek Sub-Culture; Songs of love, sorrow and Hashish.

Anglo-Hellenic  Publishing, 1975.

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