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Greek singer Kostis Maraveyas welcomes you to Greece

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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! 😊

Maraveyas – also known by his stage name Maraveyas illegal – is a Greek singer-songwriter, composer, performer, director and writer.
A true one-man band, he plays the accordion, piano and guitar. His songs are written mainly in Greek with the occasional lyric in English, Spanish or Italian thrown in (as we will see below). Despite the upbeat melodies, his songs often hide dark humour and social critique or tell the story of a troubled relationship.

How it all started?
Maraveyas began his musical career in Italy. He went to study at the University of Bari but quickly abandoned mathematics and statistics to immerse himself in the local underground alternative music scene. His steps eventually brought him back to Greece where his album “Welcome to Greece” introduced him into a wider audience and turned him into a favourite of the modern Greek music scene.

About his music:
His influences are plenty and varied: His music combines Mediterranean and Balkan elements, playful experimentations, jazz and bossa nova influences. East meets West. This blend of different sounds helped him stand apart and establish his signature sound, which is now common across all of his albums. Maraveyas often puts his own spin on beloved classic Greek songs such as “Πες μου μια λέξη” (“Tell me [only] one word”).

Kostis Maraveyas is an unstoppable force of nature when it comes to all thing’s music. He served as the host of the music documentary “Mesogeios” (“Mediterranean”), and the music documentary series “Mousiki Pantou” (“Music Everywhere”). What many people do not know is that he also composes music for theatre plays, some of which were performed by the National Theatre of Greece and the Athens & Epidaurus Festival.

He can do avant garde and sophisticated music, but he has earned “street credit” as well: Maraveyas was a nominee at the 2011 MTV Europe Music Awards for the Greek cover version of Lorenzo Jovanotti’s “Baciami Ancora, “Fila Me Akoma” featuring fellow singer-songwriter Panos Mouzourakis. Then we went on to write music for the soundtrack of popular Greek comedy films like “Η Κληρονόμος” (“The Heiress) and “Amore Mio.” In March 2017, he was a coach in the “Voice of Greece” guiding 4 (out of the 8) of his players to the finals – one of them ended up winning the competition.

Let’s listen to some songs:
Here we’re kicking off the journey in his music universe with the song “Welcome to Greece” (“Καλώς ήρθατε στην Ελλάδα”). This was one of his first songs to become a hit on the radio. It mirrors the image that many people have in their mind when it comes to the Greek lifestyle: relaxed, bohemian and sun-drenched. Enjoy!

Ξυπνάς κομμάτια πάς αργά
και παραιτείσαι απ’ τη δουλεία
στη Μιαούλη με ρακή
κάθε μέρα είναι γιορτή
Κι όλα ξανά, όπως παλιά
ούτε καριέρα, ούτε λεφτά
vien avec moi αυτη τη φοράWelcome to Greece and have a nice holiday
ξάπλα στον ήλιο κι η άμμος να καίειWelcome to Greece and have a nice dayWelcome to Greece and have a nice holiday
κι άσε το αύριο μέσα στα χρέη
Welcome to Greece and have a nice dayDino bersante piu

A diamo vouqou e voi tu

On the land of fairy
Θα δείς τη θα μας φέρει

Φιλί καυτό, τσουρουφλιστό
Από το Μάη θα σ’ αγαπώ
Μετά τον Αύγουστο θα δώ
Welcome to Greece and have a nice holiday
ξάπλα στον ήλιο κι η άμμος να καίει

Welcome to Greece and have a nice day
Welcome to Greece and have a nice holiday
κι άσε το αύριο μέσα στα χρέη
Welcome to Greece and have a nice day

 

You wake up feeling tired, arrive at work late
and quit your job
when you’re having raki at Miaouli [str]*
every day feels like a party
Everything feels like the old times
no career, no money
say it with me this timeWelcome to Greece and have a nice holiday
lie in the sun and feel the sand burnWelcome to Greece and have a nice dayWelcome to Greece and have a nice holiday
and you will deal with your debts tomorrow
Welcome to Greece and have a nice dayDino bersante piu

A diamo vouqou e voi tu

On the land of fairy
What will it [the fate] bring us?

A hot, burning kiss
From May onwards I’m going to love you
After August, I’ll reconsider
Welcome to Greece and have a nice holiday
lie in the sun and feel the sand burn

Welcome to Greece and have a nice day
Welcome to Greece and have a nice holiday
and you will deal with your debts tomorrow
Welcome to Greece and have a nice day

*This is a lively street in downtown Athens with a lot of cafes, restaurants and bars.

 

Another popular song by Kostis Maraveyas would be “Το καλοκαίρι έφυγε” (“Summer is gone”) – a sad but true reminder that we’re now stepping into the first weeks of autumn, carrying all the beautiful memories from the summer that just passed.

Το καλοκαίρι έφυγε
και δεν το πήρε η βροχή
ο πρώτος ήλιος έσβησε,
τον έκλεψες εσύΤο καλοκαίρι μου ‘λεγες
πως θα ναι μόνο η αρχή
αιώνια αγάπη μου ‘ταξες
στο πρώτο μας φιλίΤο καλοκαίρι έφυγε
και δεν το πήρε η βροχή
ο πρώτος ήλιος έσβησε,
τον έκλεψες εσύΟκτωβριανό ξημέρωμα,
στο πλάι μου γυμνή
Ψεύτικο δάκρυ μόστραρες
και χάθηκες με τη βροχήΕσύ, εσύ, εσύ, εσύ, εσύ ζωή μου πια μισή
Αδέσποτη και αλήτικη από το βράδυ ως το πρωί
Εσύ, εσύ, εσύ, εσύ, εσύ ζωή μου πια μισή
Το καλοκαίρι το ‘χασα, μου το ‘κλεψες εσύ

 

Μια μάγισσα μου έταξε, καντάδα ερωτική
πως αν τραγούδι σε έκανα

θα ήταν εκδίκηση καλή

Όλα τα όχι και τα μη, θα σε έβρισκαν κάθε πρωί
εξόριστη από έρωτα, πικρό στεγνό φιλί

Εσύ, εσύ, εσύ, εσύ, εσύ ζωή μου πια μισή
Αδέσποτη και αλήτικη από το βράδυ ως το πρωίΕσύ, εσύ, εσύ, εσύ, εσύ ζωή μου πια μισή
Το καλοκαίρι το ‘χασα μου το ‘κλεψες εσύ

 

Όπου και να ‘σαι τώρα Jane,

θέλω να μην είσαι καλά
και ότι από σένα τράβηξα

να το βρεις και εσύ μπροστά

Τα βράδια να ‘σαι μόνη σου,
να ψάχνεις άυπνη αγκαλιά
και όταν γυρίσεις να σου πω
τώρα γλυκιά μου είναι αργά

Η αλήθεια είναι Jane,
πως ούτε εγώ είμαι καλά
με κυνηγάνε οι τύψεις μου
που σε σιχτίρισα βαριά!

Και ευκαιρία θα ‘χουμε
να βρεθούμε εγώ και εσύ
αφού στο μέλλον θα ‘μαστε

στην κόλαση μαζί

Εσύ, εσύ, εσύ, εσύ, εσύ ζωή μου πια μισή
Αδέσποτη και αλήτικη από το βράδυ ως το πρωί
Εσύ, εσύ, εσύ, εσύ, εσύ ζωή μου πια μισή
Το καλοκαίρι το ‘χασα,
μου το ‘κλεψες εσύ
[…]

 

 

Summer is gone
it wasn’t rain that took it away
the first sun has set
it was you who stole itYou promised me that summer
would only be the beginning
you promised me eternal love
when we kissed for the first timeSummer is gone
it wasn’t rain that took it away
the first sun has set
it was you who stole itIt’s October, at the break of day
you’re lying next to me naked,
you flaunted a fake tear
and disappeared with the rainYou, you, you, you, half my life is you
[Just like it you are] stray and rogue; all night and all day

You, you, you, you, half my life is you
I lost summer; you were the one to steal it from me

A witch promised me that
if I turned you into a serenade, a love song,

it would be good revenge

All the no’s and don’ts would find you every morning
in a love exile; [where you’d only find a] bitter dry kiss

You, you, you, you, half my life is you
[Just like it you are] stray and rogue; all night and all day
You, you, you, you, half my life is you
I lost summer; you were the one to steal it from me

No matter where you are now Jane,

I hope that you’re not doing well
and that you’ll find everything [i.e. every hardship]

that I’ve been though in your path

[I hope] that you’ll spend every night alone
sleepless, searching for an embrace
and when you’ll come back to me, I’ll tell you
now, honey, it’s too late

Truth be told Jane
I’m not that well either
I’m haunted by my regrets
that I put such a curse on you

But we’ll get the chance
to meet again
as in the future

we’ll be together in hell

You, you, you, you, half my life is you
[Just like it you are] stray and rogue; all night and all day
You, you, you, you, half my life is you
I lost summer
you were the one to steal it from me
[…]

 

 

We hope you like the songs and sing along. If you are interested in learning more about Greek music, and different styles of music, then do not hesitate to click here and read more articles about Greek singers and composers.