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Thracian Art in Athens

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   The City of Athens Art Gallery in collaboration with the Foundation for the Art and the Tradition of Thrace (in Greek) presents a folk tradition exhibition at the Folk Art and Tradition Centre, in Athens, until June 30, 2009. The display presents handmade objects of daily life such as jewellery, pottery, tapestry or clothing from the region of Thrace; a region which is characterised by the diversity and the multiculturalism of its inhabitants. Ethnological Museum of Thrace: www.emthrace.org ; Thrace: The Land of Orpheus & Municipality of Xanthi 

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Rebetika: The Greek Blues

(GREEK NEWS AGENDA)   British music journalist Peter Paphides writes about the music of rebetika, “the Greek blues” in the Times (UK). Rembetika as a genre has often been compared to the American blues, due to its underground roots and its themes of exile, loss of family, substance abuse, unrequited love, imprisonment and death. Paphides makes special mention to legendary rebetika musician Markos Vamvakaris, “the Robert Johnson of rebetika, with a back story just as mythical as Johnson’s crossroads encounter with the Devil” and to famous composer Manos Hadjidakis. Hadjidakis assimilated rebetika melodies and lyrics into his own music, setting about to create a music “that Greece could call its own, using rebetika, traditional rural folk songs and Byzantine influences.  Times Online: Rebetika – I guess that’s why they call it the Greek bluesWorld Media on Greece – Culture and Education ; Secretariat General of Information: