Giannis Papaioannou & Manos Xatzidakis

When Rebetiko proves its quality !


Mparmpa-Giannis. Created by S.Dimis (C) 2012

Giannis Papaioannou (Greek: Γιάννης Παπαϊωάννου; January 18, 1913 – August 3, 1972) was a famous Greek musician and composer born in Kios, Ottoman Empire (now Gemlik, Turkey).

Most active in the 1940s, he wrote many songs, some of which are today considered classics of the rebetiko folk music style. These include: Pente Ellines Ston Adi, Kapetan Andreas Zeppo, Modistroula, Prin To Charama Monachos, and Fovamai Mi Se Chaso. His style retains much of the musical quality of the classical rebetika of the likes of Markos Vamvakaris, although the thematic content of the lyrics tends not to focus as much on the typically dark topics – drugs, death and prison – of earlier rebetika.

A beautiful song composed by Giannis Papaioannou, sung on 1970 in NY, by the seductive voice of  Fleri Ntantonaki (Φλέρυ Νταντωνάκη). At the piano, the memorable hands of  Manos Xatzidakis.

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