Markos The Frangosyrian

Markos The Frangosyrian


A tribute to the Patriarch of Rebetiko, the Greek Blues, MARKOS VAMVAKARIS.


Markos Vamvakaris was born in Syra in 1905 and left to seek a better life to Piraeus in 1917. He lived his entire life between those two harbors that destined his fortune. He always carried inside him all his memories from Syra, but his world was enriched by the tradition and the suffering of the immigrants that arrived in Piraeus during this period. In 1933, he records his first album, in 1935, he writes the famous Greek song “Fragkosyriani”. In 1936 in Greece the dictatorship of Metaxas was prevailing followed by World War II and the Greek Civil War. In other words, he experience some of the most difficult periods of Greek contemporary history. It is very impressive that he expressed himself so poetically through his songs despite the fact that his life was so difficult. “Fragkosyriani” became the most famous “hasapiko” (Greek folk dance) in the whole world.
Markos’ lyrics entered Greeks’ heart and lips, while himself became the inspiration for all composers that followed. His contribution on Greek music is very important as “zeibekiko” and “hasapiko” still speak in people’s hearts. Furthermore, Markos Vamvakaris was the first musician to introduce songs accompanied by bouzouki in Greek discography. His recordings lead to the wider acceptance of this music that the Greeks love that much. He is the Patriarch of Rebetiko. Today, 40 years after his death, his figure and his work are more contemporary than ever. Markos was the one to express originally peoples’ discomfort inside poverty, social exclusion and their despair seeking the ways to live their life with dignity. His songs give out humanity and truth that seen comforting in this difficult period for the country.


Taxim Seri
Efoumarame ena vradi
Arap Zeibekiko
Na rxosouna re magka mou
Stia Alvanias ta vouna
An figoume ston polemo
Mikros arravoniastika