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Rebetiko

Greek/Brazilian Londoner, Pavlos Carvalho provided an excellent live session of music on this A World In London, bringing his Rebet Asker series to the show. Classic songs rooted in rebetiko from Greece to warm up a wintry London day were performed by superb vocalist Vicky Anastasiou, guitarist Pavlos Melas, bouzouki player Spiros Mpolovinis, and Stelios Katsatsidis on accordion. Catch them live every 1st & 3rd Sunday at Camden’s Green Note. Or at the ‘rebetiko jam’ on Monday evenings at SOAS!

Istanbul-born singer Çiğdem (say Cheedem) brings an authentic voice and exquisite styling to the poignant songs associated with the Greek and Turkish diasporas created after the forced population exchanges in the early 1920s. Born out of hardship yet full of resilience and with a devil-may-care attitude this repertoire shares the music, lyrics and sentiments of rebetiko and Western Turkish styles; a heritage belonging to both communities.