Is Greek music going down the drain too ?

We tend to hear ever more horror stories. Those are often scare mongering and false reporting. Some people don’t quite understand what this is, however. They haven’t developed the antenna yet. We should have classes in school and at boxes where they sell newspapers to train people to keep their cool.

As an example, let me consider the scary notion that Greek music is going down the drain too.

Γιάννης Μαρκόπουλος – Yannis Markopoulos

Yannis Markopoulos is likely the best composer of Greece, with Vassilis Tsitsanis a good second and Mikis Theodorakis perhaps a third – though the editors of wikipedia call him the first: which proves that wikipedia is unreliable.

While Dalaras gave this concert in tribute to Tsitsanis, it happens too often that you think that the Tsitsanis original has more power. The band is fine, that is not the problem, but it is eventually only because Dalaras puts all his energy into it that the concerts comes alive, say after minute 25.

While there is a decent Dalaras website, there is only a small Markopoulos facebook page. The maestro is 75 and may not have the impulse to join the web. This is a pity for all his potential fans. Check this video that is on his page – but sadly the only one. Perhaps we must hope: is under renewal.

Yannis Markopoulos (Source: video screenshot)

Yannis Markopoulos (Source: video screenshot)

Ελευθερία Αρβανιτάκη – Eleftheria Arvanitaki

Eleftheria (Freedom) is already for many years a sensation and worthy follower in the tradition of great singers like Nana Mouskouri, Maria Farantouri and Haris Alexiou. Eleftheria has done her best with her website but it doesn’t help her much.

Here is a concert in 1999, in which Eleftheria only has to sing for 10 minutes and can do this for a huge audience.

Eleftheria Arvanitaki in 1999 - 10 minutes with a huge audience (Source: screenshot)

Eleftheria Arvanitaki in 1999 – 10 minutes with a huge audience (Source: screenshot)

Compare this with a concert in 2011, only 12 years later, in which she has to perform under much worse conditions: she has to sing for 142 minutes (2:22 hours), has to dress up much more sexy and throw kisses into the audience, and only attracts a small audience in some cafe, who neglect her while they eat, drink, talk, sing and clap and whistle while she is performing.

Eleftheria Arvanitaki in 2011 (Source: screenshot)

Eleftheria Arvanitaki in 2011 (Source: screenshot)


These are some of the best artists. When you have a wine cellar and your best wines are gone then you know what this means for the rest. From this we conclude that Greek music is going down the drain too.

Scary, isn’t it ?


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