MADE IN GREECE


- The World of Greek Grooves -
Compiled by Gülbahar Kültür


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I just received the Made in Greece compilation and congratulations, for the very good work you have done in covering all the wide variety of kinds of music released in Greece nowadays".

Kristi Stassinopoulou (Singer, lyricist and fiction writer, Greece/Juni 2005)


Hierzulande schwärmt fast jeder von der atemberaubenden Schönheit der griechischen Inselwelt, denn inzwischen haben sehr viele Menschen dort schon mal Urlaub gemacht.
Aber in musikalischer Hinsicht ist Griechenland für Mitteleuropäer immer noch die dunkle Seite des Mondes. Die Älteren kennen Mikis Theodorakis und Nana Mouskouri, sie halten die Hollywood-Erfindung "Sirtaki" für einen typischen griechischen Volkstanz und kaufen nach der tollen "Alexis-Zorbas-Nacht" auf Kreta eine CD mit griechischer Folklore, die sie daheim nie wieder anhören. Die Jüngeren kennen griechischen Hip Hop von Active Member, Folkpop von George Dalaras und tanzen zu Housetracks von Despina Vandi.

Aber das war´s auch, wer sich außerhalb Griechenlands für die aktuelle Musikszene des Landes interessiert, findet in den hiesigen CD-Läden weniger als nichts. Daran ist die dortige Musikindustrie nicht ganz unschuldig, denn selbst die absoluten Superstars in Griechenland bekommen sehr selten eine Exportversion ihrer CDs mit lateinischen Buchstaben auf dem Cover zugestanden. Offenbar können sich die verantwortlichen Manager nicht vorstellen, daß der Rest der Welt sich dafür interessiert. In ihrer Ignoranz vergeben sie nicht mal die außergriechischen Samplerrechte für große Hip Hop-acts wie Mikro oder Active Member.

Wer keinen musikverrückten, griechischen Restaurantbesitzer um die Ecke wohnen hat, dem muß der vorliegende Doppelsampler "Made in Greece" wie ein Geschenk des Himmels vorkommen. Man merkt, daß die Compilerin ein echter Fan griechischer Musik ist: Gülbahar Kültür arbeitet seit Jahren als Moderatorin für den Radiosender "Funkhaus Europa" und ist eine ausgewiesene Expertin für die moderne Musik vom Balkan und den gesamten Orient. Durch gewachsene Beziehungen zu diversen griechischen Musikern war es dann am Ende doch möglich diesen bemerkenswerten Doppelsampler zusammenzustellen.

Im Grunde ist für jeden etwas dabei. Die Liste der beteiligten Künstler reicht von Mikis Theodorakis (der unbestritten einer der größten Komponisten in Europa ist), über Eleni Vitali (der Diva der griechischen Folkmusik) bis hin zur Terror X Crew (der ersten HipHop-Formation Griechenlands) und Cyanna (trancemäßige Experimental-Elektronic aus Athen).

Die Zusammenstellung ist einfach atemberaubend: griechischer Blues (Rembetika), Hip Hop, Laika, antike Sounds in modernem Gewand, Gypsy Musik, R’nB, Folk-Music, Electronic, Rock, Reggae, Dub, sogar vor Schlagermusik schreckt Gülbahar Kültür nicht zurück. So lernt man die Sängerin Angela Dimitriou kennen, der sogenannten
"Greek Tina Turner", eine Frau, die übrigens seit ihrem Duett mit dem ägyptischen Superstar Amr Diab in der arabischen Welt sehr beliebt ist.

Dann die attraktive, aus Zypern stammende, Sängerin Anna Vissi, die mit ihrer markanten Stimme zu den Highlights bei der Eröffnung der Olympischen Spielen in Athen zählte. Ebenfalls dabei Elena Paparizou, die energiegeladene Gewinnerin des 50. Eurovision Song Contest im Duett mit Christos Dantis.

Und es fehlen auch nicht die herrlichen, melancholischen Trip Hop-Nummern, die im letzten Urlaub immer im Radio zu hören waren (z.B. "Kohani." von Uzma oder "Galazio Kai Lefko" von Katy Garbi). Und da nn sind da auch echte Techno-House-Kracher, wie zum Beispiel "Chiculata" von Yiorgos Xanthiotis und "Ti Leipei" von Nikos Portokaloglou oder psychedelische Dub-Nummern, wie das Stück von Harri Kakoulli. Und zusätzlichen zu diesen ganzen Zeitgeist-Titeln bekommt man auch noch einen informativen Überblick über die aktuelle Folk-Szene Griechenlands geboten. Da freut man sich schon auf die zweite Ausgabe des Doppelsamplers "Made in Greece".

 



MADE IN GREECE
Almost everybody has a feeling about the stunning beauty of the Greek islands as many people have been there for their holidays.

Music-wise Greece is still the dark side of the moon for central Europeans. The older generations know Mikis Theodorakis and Nana Mouskouri and they believe that the Hollywood-invention “Sirtaki" is the typical Greek folk dance. After the great movie "Alexis Zorba", many people have bought a CD of the Greek folklore that they have never listened to again afterwards. The younger ones are familiar with Greek hip hop through Active Member; they know Greek folkpop by George Dalaras and dance to house-tracks by Despina Vandi.

Someone interested in current Greek music can hardly find anything in local CD-stores outside Greece. Greek music industry itself is the reason for this fact; even extremely successful superstars of Greece do not often have an export version for their CDs with a CD cover written in Latin letters. Apparently the managers in charge do not imagine that the rest of the world is interested in their music. With lack of interest, they do not even give sample-rights for famous hip hop groups like Mikro or Active Member outside Greece.

Any music listener who has a taste and feeling for Greece will certainly think that the double-sampler "Made in Greece" is a gift from above. You will immediately recognize that the compiler is a true admirer of Greek music. Gülbahar Kültür is working for years as a presenter for the radio-station "Funkhaus Europa" and is a certified expert for modern music from the Balkans and the whole orient. Through growing relationships with Greek musicians, Kültür finally compiled this amazing double-CD. There is something for everyone in it. The listing of the artists covered goes from Mikis Theodorakis (undoubtedly one of the greatest composers of Europe), over to Eleni Vitali (the diva of Greek folk-music) to Terror X Crew (the first hip hop crew from Greece) and to Cyanna (trans-experimental-electronic music from Athens).

The compilation is simply breathtaking: greek blues (Rembetika), hip hop, laika, sounds of antiquity in modern style, gypsy music, R&B, folk-music, electronic, rock, reggae, dub and pop – a vibrant synthesis of great diversity from Gülbahar Kültür. You will get to know the singer Angela Dimitriou so called “the Greek Tina Turner", a lady, much liked in the Arab world after her duet with the Egyptian superstar Amr Diab and the attractive singer from Cyprus Anna Vissi, who was one of the highlights of the opening ceremony of Olympic Games in Athens with her striking voice. Also on the CD is Elena Paparizou, the singer of bursting energy; the winner of the 50th Eurovision Song Contest in duet with Christos Dantis.

Also the magnificient, melancholic trip-hop tunes of the last summer are covered in the CD (e.g. "Kohani." by Uzma and "Galazio Kai Lefko" by Katy Garbi). There are also real tech-house-burners like "Chiculata" by Yiorgos Xanthiotis and "Ti Leipei" by Nikos Portokaloglou and psychedelic dub-tunes like the track by Harri Kakoulli. Besides all these modern tunes, you will also get an informative overview of the current folk scenery in Greece.

No doubt you will be looking forward to the second edition of the double-CD "Made in Greece".



MADE IN GREECE

Yunan Adalari Avrupa'da neredeyse herkese bir güzelllik hissi ilham eder; bunun nedeni adalarin tarihsel bir ilgi sebebiyle herkes tarafindan bilinmesi ve bunun dogal sonucu olarak tatil mekani seçiminde bir çok Avrupali için öncelikli konumda olmasidir.
Ancak Yunanistan müzik açisindan Avrupalilar için hala bir çesit 'ayin karanlik yüzü'dür. 60'larinin üzerindekiler Mikis Teodorakis'i ve Nana Mouskouri'yi tanirlar; yine bu jenerasyon bir Hollywood icadi olan 'sirtaki'yi geleneksel bir Yunan dansi olarak bilir. Nikos Kazancakis'in unutulmaz romanindan sinemaya uyarlanan bir bas yapit olan 'Alexi Zorba'yi seyrettikten sonra çogu Avrupalıi bir Yunan müzigi albümü satin almis olmakla birlikte sonradan bu albümü arsivlerinin derinliklerinde unutmus ve pek dinlememistir. Gençlere gelince, genç jenerasyonun Yunan hip hopuna asinaligi Active Member sayesinde gelisir. Yunan folkpop müzigini bu jenerasyona George Dalaras tanitir; dans için ise Despina Vandi'nin parçalari vazgeçilmez bir nitelik kazanir.

Bugünün Yunan müzigiyle ilgilenen müzik dinleyicileri için, kendi ülkelerinde bir müzik marketinde bu tarz müzigi bulmanin oldukça zor bir ugras oldugu açik. Ve malesef bu gerçegin mimari Yunan müzik endüstrisinin kendisidir; Yunanistan'in en basarili süper starlarinin bile albümlerinin yurt disi versiyonlari basilmamaktadir. CD kapaklarinda Latin harflerini görmek mümkün degildir. Bu noktada Yunan müzik endüstrisi yöneticilerinin dünyanin kendi müziklerine gösterdigi ilgiyi pek de hayal edemediklerini görüyoruz. Yine ilgisizliklerinin bir uzantisi olarak Mikro ve Active Member gibi ünlü hip hop gruplarinin sample haklarini yurt disina vermemekte iddialilar.

Yunanistan'la ilgili bir tat yakalamis olan herkes için 'Made in Greece' baslikli cift disklik bu derleme albüm kesinlikle 'cennetten inme' niteliginde. Albümü dinlemeye baslar baslamaz, derleyen kisinin tam anlamiyla bir Yunan müzigi hayrani oldugu anlasiliyor. Yillardir merkezi Almanya'nin Köln kentinde bulunan "Funkhaus Europa" için world music içerikli radyo programlari hazirlayan ve sunan Gülbahar Kültür, Balkanlardan Uzak Doguya kadar uzanan cografyanin güncel müzigi konusunda bir uzman. Kültür Yunan müzisyenlerle gelistirdigi yakin iliskiler sayesinde bu muhtesem, Akdeniz samimiyetindeki double-CD'yi derlemis.

CD'de herkes için ayri bir melodi, ayri bir tat var; Mikis Teodorakis'den (Avrupa'nin süphesiz en büyük müzisyenlerinden biri), Eleni Vitali'ye (Yunan Folk müzi_inin divasi), Terror X Crew'dan (Yunanistan'in ilk hip hop taifesi), Cyanna'ya (Atina'dan trans-experimental-elektronik müzik), Yunanistan'in Tina Turner'i olarak taninan ve Misirli superstar Amr Diab'la yaptigi düetten sonra Arap dünyasinda çok sevilen Angela Dimitrou'ya, Atina'da yapilan Olimpiyat Oyunlarinin acilisinda sesiyle dikkatleri çeken ve fiziksel çekiciligiyle de taninan Kibrisli sarkici Anna Vissi'ye ve 50. Eurovision Sarki Yarismasini kazanan enerji bombasi Elena Paparizou'ya kadar uzanan (Christos Dantis'le beraber yaptigi düetle), dopdolu bir sentez.

Derleme için iki kelimeyle 'nefes kesici' denilebilir; Gülbahar Kültür rembetiko, hip hop, laika, modern tarzda yazilmis antikite soundlari içeren parçalar, çingene müzigi, R&B, folk, elektronik, rock, reggae ve dub & pop'u içeren çok çesitli tarzlari harmanladigi albümünde canliligin ve hareketin ana temalari olusturdugu bir manzarayi sunuyor. CD'de ayrica geçen yazin çok sevilen, melankolik trip-hop melodileri de coverlanmis (örnek olarak: Uzma'nin "Kohani"si ve Katy Garbi'nin "Galazio Kai Lefko"su). Tech-house örnekleri için Yiorgos Xanthiotis'in "Chiculata"si, Nikos Portokaloglou'nun "Ti Leipei"si ve Harri Kakoulli'nin dub-melodileri verilebilir. Ayrica bu modern melodilerin yanisira Yunanistan'in güncel folk müzigi de albümde yerini aliyor.

'Made in Greece'le Gülbahar Kültür yeni bir ates yakiyor; albümün ikincisini sabirsizlikla bekleyeceginiz kesin.

MADE IN GREECE - The World of Greek Grooves -
Compiled by Gülbahar Kültür

CD 1: HELLENIC VISIONS
01 Salto Orientale - Diki Mou Ine I Ellas 4:20
02 Daemonia Nymphe - Ida’s Dactyls 3:36
03 Eleni Vitali - The Song Of The Gypsies 4:08
04 Niki Tramba, Ross Daly & Labyrinth -
Ápo Kairó Pou Évghales To Mávra Sou Ta Roucha 3:32
05 Harri Kakoulli - Jade 5:05
06 Natassa Theodoridou - Tis Dyskoles Stigmes 3:30
07 Panayotis Kalantzopoulos feat. Sofia Papazoglou -
Time has Passed 3:14
08 George Theodorakis - Method / Life III 2:32
09 Eleni Karousaki - S’Agapo 3:32
10 Onar - Stin Akri Tis Gis 2:39
11 BZ JAM feat. Jessi Kah - Transistor (Remix) 3:02
12 Eleni Peta - Ki Ego Prospatho 3:27
13 Trifono - Magikos Choros 3:17
14 Notis Sfakianakis - Telos Dihos Telos 3:42
15 Anna Vissi - Ego Moro Mou 3:47
16 Scopitone - Déja Vu 4:27
17 Palyrria – Huma 4:08
18 Cyanna - Liquid Breath (Main Mix) 3:03
19 Mikis Theodorakis - Strefi 2:56
20 Maria Farantouri – Evening 2:56
TOTAL TIME 71:07

CD 2: AKROPOLIS EXPRESS
01 Uzma – Kohani 4:34
02 Sotis Volanis feat. DNL -
Dove Ti Trovo (Greek-Italian Tabla Mix) 3:40
03 Terror X Crew - Ksipnios Mesa Sta Onira Kapion Allin 3:43
04 Katy Garbi - Galazio Kai Lefko 3:35
05 Michael Charbel - Se Pira Sovara (Diva) Sidi Mansour 3:53
06 Dimitra Galani - Dervisis 3:05
07 Locomondo - Stin Athina 4:01
08 Nama - Zoi Parastasi 3:56
09 Zig Zag - Ti Pineis 3:43
10 Yiorgos Xanthiotis - Chiculata (DJ Pantelis Mix) 3:32
11 Elena Paparizou & Christos Dantis -
Anapandites Kliseis (Made Version) 4:29
12 Nikos Portokaloglou feat. Elefteria Arvanitaki - Ti Leipei 3:03
13 Angela Dimitriou – Parenergies 4:14
14 Alekos Zazopoulos - Min Girnas 4:06
15 Nitsa Tsitra - Apo Xeno Meros 4:08
16 Stavros Xarchakos & Nikos Gatsos - To Pedia Tis Amynas 4:19
TOTAL TIME 62:09


Catalogue No:cls0000552
Release-Date: 06.06.2005
Format: 2 CD


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