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Vamvakaris, Markoslocked

  • Gail Holst-Warhaft

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(b Syros, 1905; d Athens, 1972). Song-writer, bouzouki-player, and singer. Vamvakaris is considered the father of the rebetiko style. He moved to Piraeus at the age of 12 and frequented hashish dens where refugees from Turkey gathered to smoke and play music. Together with two refugee musicians, Anestis Delias and Stratos Pagioumtzis, and a local player, Yiorgos (Giorgos), Vamvakaris formed a quartet that defined the characteristics of the ‘Piraeus-style’ ...

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