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Manos Eleftheriou: Greek Author and Songwriter

It feels like yesterday, but already two years have passed…Manos Eleftheriou (1938-2018), a famous Greek writer of poems, short stories and songs, died at age of 80 on July 22, 2018. Since he was born and raised in Syros, our Omilo students often hear his name while attending a course on the island. Manos Eleftheriou loved Syros and edited books about his island, specifically about Markos Vamvakaris and Syros society, about theater in Ermoupolis in the 20th century, and about Ermoupolis in Greek literature.

Some facts about his life:
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A Funny, Upbeat Greek Song About… Staying at Home!

The Omilo team has been spending a lot of time inside lately and we’re guessing (and hoping!) that you’re doing the same. Staying at home is very important given the current circumstances but it doesn’t have to feel dull. This is why we would like to introduce you to a funny and upbeat Greek song about – what else? – staying at home and relaxing!
#menoumespiti – #westayathome

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Greek Songs Which Became International Hits

Music definitely plays a very important role in the life of Greeks. In joy and sorrow, Greeks sing. And the truth is that they have the opportunity to choose among several categories of songs, in order to express every time their feelings: there are plenty of folk songs, rebetika, laika, entexna (the Greek word ‘τέχνη’ means ‘art’, so ‘entexna’ is a category of songs with more sophisticated music and lyrics) as well as rock and pop listenings.

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Let’s learn Greek vocabulary with a popular Greek song

If you are looking for more ways to keep building your Greek vocabulary, while having fun, then listening to Greek music is for sure a very good option! Below you can read the lyrics and listen to a very nice and popular Greek song, which our Omilo-students were learning during their intensive Greek course in Greece.

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Kalamatianos: a famous Greek traditional dance

Do you like to dance? If yes, do you also know the Greek traditional dances?
A well-known traditional dance which you can see or dance at every happy occasion in Greece (such as weddings, christenings, celebrations, etc.) is the “Kalamatianos dance”. Also during the Omilo Greek courses
, we always organize some dancing lessons for the students and practice the kalamatianos. Here you will find an introduction about this dance, and we hope you will soon dance along  😊

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Greek Christmas Carols from different areas in Greece

Did you ever celebrate Greek Christmas and New Year in Greece?  Apart from other traditions, you will hear typical Greek Christmas carols all over the country: the “kalanta”. Greece is rich in music and depending on the geographical regions, there are different Christmas and New Year songs, using different instruments and rhythms.
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A Greek Wedding Song

Have you ever attended a Greek wedding or have you heard a Greek wedding song?
As probably in every country, every wedding is different; you can find various wedding customs, traditions, and songs, depending on the family and its roots and/or beliefs.

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Lavrentis Machairitsas: The Songwriter Who Reinvented Greek Rock

In September 2019, the Greek music scene mourned the loss of one of the greatest performers and songwriters, Lavrentis Machairitsas. Here we explore his life, his legacy and some of his most celebrated songs.

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Greek singer Kostis Maraveyas welcomes you to Greece

Do you also love Greek music? Then let us introduce you to the Greek singer Kostis Maraveyas. If you can see him perform live while you are visiting Greece, do not miss that chance! 😊

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Siganos – A Traditional Greek Dance From Crete

Do you like Greek dances? As you may know, every region in Greece has different dances, music and rhythms. The dances of Crete also belong to a special category. The main instrument in most of the Cretan music is the “lyra”, and usually, the rhythm of the dances is fast and the steps are rather difficult. But there is an exception: a slower dance called “siganos”. Read more