Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Rembetika is the soul of Greece

Rembetika is the soul of Greece like Tango is the soul of Argentina . We are brothers and sisters with so much in common and our connections are very close.

These are the words of the above song by Haris Alexiou

I want to drink tonight so as nothing to remember I want to trap myself in smoke and fear no consequences I want to drink tonight and surpass my limits I want to confess my lost dreams covered in smoke's veil . I'll light up with cigarettes and burn out with liquor Now that I've taken fright may everything turn into ashes. I want to drink tonight to erase everything and everyone I want to disappear in smoke and never look back again.

All my Greek and Argentinian readers please leave me your thoughts about this song

Saturday, May 12, 2007

Tanghetto Live in obelisco

Live in Buenos Aires

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Mercedes Sosa: An Argentine Legend

This is a famous song from a Chilean social activist, beautifully reproduced by Mercedes Sosa - "Gracias a la Vida"...

Mercedes Sosa was born in on 9th July 1935 in the northwestern province San Miguel of Tucuman, of mestizo descent from French and Amerindian background.

In 1950, aged fifteen, she won a local radio station singing competition and was given a contract to perform for two months.

Sosa and her first husband, Manuel Oscar Matus, were key players in the mid-60s nueva canción movement. Her first record was Canciones con Fundamento, a collection of Argentine folk songs.

In 1967, Sosa toured with great success the United States and Europe.

In the early 1970s, Sosa released two concept albums in collaboration with composer Ariel Ramírez and lyricist Félix Luna: Cantata Sudamericana and Mujeres Argentinas (Argentine Women). She also recorded a tribute to Chilean poet Violeta Parra.

A supporter of Perón in her youth, she has favored leftist causes throughout her life. After the military junta of Jorge Videla came to power in 1976, the atmosphere in Argentina grew increasingly oppressive. At a concert in La Plata in 1979, Sosa was searched and arrested on stage, and the attending crowd was arrested. Banned in her own country, she moved to Paris and then to Madrid.

Sosa returned to Argentina in 1982, several months before the military regime collapsed as a result of the Falklands War, and gave a series of concerts at the Opera theater in Buenos Aires, where she invited many of her younger colleagues to share the stage. A double album of recordings from these performances became an instant best seller.

Sosa is UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Latin America and the Caribbean. She has won the Latin Grammy Award for Best Folk Album in 2000 ("Misa Criolla"), 2003 ("Acustico") and 2006 ("Corazon Libre"), as well as many international awards.

Tanghetto From the Barrios of Buenos Aires

Tanghetto is a musical group based in Buenos Aires, Argentina and one of the most important on the neo tango scene.
The style of Tanghetto is a blend of tango and electronic music. Formed in 2001 by producer and songwriter Max Masri and composer and instrumentalist Diego S. Velázquez, the band's lineup includes bandoneon, violoncello, acoustic piano acoustic guitar, electronic and acoustic drum samplers, and synthesizers. The main feature of their music, apart from the balance of electronic and ethnic sounds, is the strong presence of melody and song structure.
Tanghetto released their first albu Emigrante(electrotango) in 2003. It was nominated for a Latin Grammy award in 2004, and reached platinum status in Argentina in 2006. In late 2004 the group released an album from a side project called Hybrid Tango, in which some different world music styles are blended with their sound, such as flamenco, candombe and jazz This was also nominated for a Latin Grammy award in 2005.
In early 2005 a compilation of different electronic and neo-tango artists was released in Buenos Aires under the name Tangophobia Vol. 1 Contemporary sounds of Buenos Aires, including five unreleased tracks by Tanghetto.