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Some milestones in the history of rebetiko are listed below:
The bouzouki, also spelled buzuki or buzuci, is a musical instrument popular in Greece. It is a member of the long-necked lute family, with a round body with a flat top and a long neck with a fretted fingerboard. It has steel strings and is played with a plectrum producing a sharp metallic sound, reminiscent of a mandolin but pitched lower. There are two main types of bouzouki: the trichordo (three-course) has three pairs of strings and the tetrachordo (four-course) has four pairs of strings. The instrument was brought to Greece in the early 1900s by Greek refugees from Anatolia, and quickly became the central instrument to the rebetiko genre and its music branches. It is now an important element of modern Laïko pop Greek music.
The music of Greece is as diverse and celebrated as its history. Greek music separates into two parts: Greek traditional music and Byzantine music. These compositions have existed for millennia: they originated in the Byzantine period and Greek antiquity; there is a continuous development which appears in the language, the rhythm, the structure and the melody. Music is a significant aspect of Hellenic culture, both within Greece and in the diaspora.
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Rebetiko, plural rebetika, occasionally transliterated as rembetiko or rebetico, is a term used today to designate originally disparate kinds of urban Greek music which have come to be grouped together since the so-called rebetika revival, which started in the 1960s and developed further from the early 1970s onwards. Rebetiko briefly can be described as the urban popular song of the Greeks, especially the poorest, from the late 19th century to the 1950s.
A rebetis is a musician involved in the scene of the Greek musical genre of rebetiko, which flourished between 1920 and 1955.
Márkos Vamvakáris, was a rebetiko musician. He is universally referred to by rebetiko writers and fans simply by his first name, Márkos. The great significance of Vamvakaris for the rebetiko is also reflected by his nickname: the "patriarch of the rebetiko".
Rembetiko is a 1983 film directed by Costas Ferris and written by Costas Ferris and Sotiria Leonardou, with original music by Stavros Xarchakos. The film is based on the life of rebetiko singer Marika Ninou and gained cult status in Greece.
Rita Abatzi was a Greek rebetiko musician who began her career in the first part of the 1930s.
Kostas Skarvelis was a Greek composer of popular music, of the rembetiko (ρεμπέτικο) genre. He also wrote the lyrics for his songs and was an excellent guitar player, having participated in many recordings.
Grigoris Asikis was a Greek singer and songwriter of urban Greek music, Rembetiko. He wrote lyrics for most of the songs he recorded and played the outi.
Sotiria Bellou was a Greek singer and performer of the rebetiko style of music. She was one of the most famous rebetisa of all, mentioned in many music guides, and a contributor to the 1984 British Documentary entitled Music of the Outsiders. On March 14, 2010, Alpha TV ranked Bellou the 22nd top-certified female artist in the nation's phonographic era.
I Marinella tragouda ke thimate is the name of a live album by popular Greek singer Marinella. The concert was recorded at the Athens Concert Hall on 27 April 1998. It was released on 23 June 1998 in Greece by BMG Greece and it went platinum settling at 50,000 records sold.
Ta Zeibekika is an album by popular Greek singer Stelios Kazantzidis. It was released in June, 2003 by MBI in Greece and it contains 18 greatest hits that were re-recorded by Stelios Kazantzidis in the 1990s.
Stratos Pagioumtzis was a Greek rebetiko singer, also known with the nickname Stratos the sluggard or simply Stratos.
Giorgos Mitsakis was a Greek composer and lyricist of numerous rebetika and folk songs, as well as a skillful bouzouki player. He was also known by the nickname the teacher.
Nikos Mathesis a.k.a. Crazy Nick, was born in Salamis, Greece, in 1907. He was a rebetiko musician. He is considered as the father of Rembetika music and the first great rembetiko lyricist. He also played a pivotal role with the record companies and was the one who brought Markos Vamvakaris into Odeon Records to record the first record featuring the bouzouki. Soon after Markos' great success, Nikos recommended the bouzouki player Yiannis Papaioannou to Columbia records. From 1931 to 1974, Nikos went on to write lyrics for all the great rembetes including, Vasilis Tsitsanis, Yiannis Papaioannou, Anestis Delias, Stellakis Perpiniadis, Giorgos Batis, Petros Kiryakos, Yorgos Papassidheris, Roza Eskenazi, Giorgos Zambetas, and Manolis Hiotis.
Athanasia Gizili, better known professionally as Kaiti Grey, is a Greek singer and actress.