Friday, 4 December 2009

Greek-Americana from Annabouboula

Αbove are some songs from and a profile of Greek-American band Annabouboula taken from a a BBC documentary made in the late 1980s/early 1990s on what various ethnic groups were up to musically in New York City at the time. The first song Annabouboula plays is the classic rembetika/Smyrnaic song
Lily Skandalaria (Scandalous Lily), composed by Panayiotis Tountas and originally sung by Roza Eskenazy.

During the clip, one of the band members mentions the classic rembetika songs of Giorgos Katsaros, played on guitar and recorded in America, and three of which I've made available in Radio Akritas. These are:

1. Βρε τι μάγκας που μαι εγώ;
2. Βρε μάγκα το μαχαίρι σου (Το κουτσαβάκι); and
3. Πίνω και μαραζώνω (Αθηναίισσα).

The last two songs were written by Anestis Delias. See
here and here for more on Delias.

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