Markos Vamvakaris & Soula Stratou

Markos Vamvakaris & Soula Stratou

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A self-taught bouzouki player from the island of Syros, Markos Vamvakaris recorded in the rounder-like Rembetica style for a variety of big labels (Columbia, Parlophon, Odeon) in the 1930s and early 1940s. He often sang as well, and employed accompanists on guitar, the toumbeleki hand drum, and the baglamas (a stringed instrument which is a member of the bouzouki family). His lyrics are often bold, with direct references to hashish smoking and streetwalkers, although he didn't c... Read more

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