Wednesday, 12 March 2008
Radio Akritas: Glykeria
At a concert in Athens last week, irate Arab fans interrupted Glykeria’s set after she started singing in Hebrew, following a request by Israeli admirers in the audience. The rowdy Arabs were ejected and although Glykeria was surprised by the disturbance, she was not afraid, according to her husband, who added: ‘Glykeria loves Israelis and feels great visiting Israel and singing in Hebrew.’ (Read full story here).
Of course, there is no good reason for Glykeria to sing in Hebrew other than her attraction to the Israeli shekel. The shekel is also a preoccupation of the Turkish occupation regime in northern Cyprus, which has won the approval of the Israeli government to open a so-called trade office in Tel Aviv to encourage even more Israeli businessmen to invest in casinos, marinas, golf courses and holiday complexes on usurped Greek land on the island. (Read full story here).
Israelis and Britons are the biggest crooks and culprits when it comes to exploiting occupied Greek villages and confiscated Greek land in Cyprus; though let’s not forget that Syria continues to ignore the sovereignty of the Republic of Cyprus with the Latakia to Famagusta ferry service, even if so far the only passengers transported have been Iraqi, Palestinian and Syrian illegal immigrants who arrive in occupied Cyprus before, with the collusion of the occupation regime, crossing into the free areas in pursuit of ‘asylum’ and access to the EU.
Anyway, if Glykeria wants to sing in Hebrew and pander to the Israelis, that's her business and a matter for her conscience. She remains a wonderful singer, and I've made available in Radio Akritas four of her most popular songs.
1. Piga se Magisses;
2. Ta Dahtilidia and
3. To Paploma, both Giorgos Mitsakis' songs; and
4. Gyftopoula sto Hamam, originally by Giorgos Batis from 1932.
The video is of Glykeria and Michalis Tzouganakis in Cretan mode.