Join us in ‚a journey in the past‘ , discover hidden gems from the previous century, indulge into magic melodies and experience the unique atmosphere of REBETIKO, the music crossroad between the East and the West from the early 1900’s. Songs about love, joy and sorrow. A musical sub-culture, a music of the lower classes.
Rebetiko has been around in some form since the turn of the century. In 1923 Greece was faced with the resettlement of over 1.5 million Greeks refugees from Asia Minor. As a result of this, shanty towns grew up around Athens, Piraeus and other cities. These refugees brought their music with them and this had the most pronounced effect on the urban music of Greece. Since the emergence of the modern Greek state, the upper and middle classes leaned towards the classical style of European music while at the other end of the social spectrum Greek and Byzantine traditions prevailed. This poor class of workers had a constant contact with the refugees and their culture. The musicians of these two cultures were constantly exchanging musical ideas.