What is a Laika song?
Laika songs, which stand for “popular music” in Greece is a popular genre of Greek music; laika are the simplified evolution of rebetika songs in Greece, aiming at becoming easier to the ear and appropriate for mass production.
Why is laika so popular in Greece?
During the 60s and 70s, there was a huge emigration wave, leading millions of Greeks away from their country and families; it was then that laika songs were associated with the plight of the unemployed and new immigrants in Europe and Australia. The immense popularity of laika has to be seen and analyzed in conjunction with two main factors.
What kind of music is popular in Greece?
Greek music Greek songs. Laika songs, which stand for “popular music” in Greece is a popular genre of Greek music; laika are the simplified evolution of rebetika songs in Greece, aiming at becoming easier to the ear and appropriate for mass production.
What did Theodorakis and Hadjidakis do for Greek music?
Theodorakis and Hadjidakis became the leading composers of the art popular movement, which aimed at enhancing the popular music, and bringing quality to the Greek music, using lyrics of prominent Greek poets, such as Seferis and Elytis.
What is rembetika and Laika?
Rembetika and Laika. The Popular Music of Greece. Rembetika music is the music of the Greek Underground. It originated in the hashish dens of Pireaus and Thessaloniki around the turn of the 20th century and was influenced by oriental elements that came with the forced immigration of 2 million Greek refugees from Asia Minor.
What is your favorite Rembetika song from the album?
My favorite song from the album and the show was a song called Zembekiko that begins with a vocal accompanied only by a solo bouzouki (or maybe a baglama) and builds up to rock instrumentation while maintaining the emotional passion of the Zembekiko which is the traditional dance of Rembetika.
Why do the Greeks dance Laika?
Greeks adore their laika songs, which they dance on any occasion, both in live stages or even at home, during celebrations and feasts. Laika express the soul of the Greeks, reflecting their pains, sorrows, loves, disappointments and break ups.