Here in Sydney, all we ever hear is the radio, TV and DJ’s continually playing such plastic posers as Safkianakis, Alkaios etc. Unfortunately there is really only one small club that plays anything resembling rebetika.
So I would like some names and releases of contemporary groups/singers that currently perform or have released CD’s in Greece that are in the style and spirit of something similar to rebetika. Not a direct copy, but a development from the classic rebetika without the over production, sugary lyrics and instrumentation of the abovementioned performers. There must someone still playing with that spirit!!
I know that these artists may be a little obscure but either I will scour the internet or I have an uncle who is going to Greece in a few months. Unfortunately I cannot make it to Greece until 2002.
Also would someone be able to give me the name/s me to a good quality sounding compilation of Vamvakaris’ songs with him singing them preferably (not the many cheap CD’s I have seen released). Unfortunately the cassette that I found in my fathers car which I played incessantly has been worn out.
Your help would be greatly appreciated.