bellou_2 The most notorious rebetisa of all time is Sotiria Bellou, a wild woman by anyone’s estimation; she was openly bi-sexual in Greece in the 1920′s ( unheard of at the time), loved to gamble, fought in the streets for civil rights and ended her first marriage by throwing acid into her husband’s face.
Rosa Eskenazy was another rebetiko female vocalist who was just as unconventional in her life as Sotiria, however her movements were more theatrical and calculated, she came from a family of professional musicians and her style is informed by that history. Much of her music was composed with many instruments in mind, oud, violin and classical orchestration in general, hence she receives more credit in academic and sophisticated music circles, unfair as that may be.
«Η αργία εγέννησε την πενίαν. Η πενία έτεκεν την πείναν. Η πείνα παρήγαγε την όρεξιν. Η όρεξις εγέννησε την αυθαιρεσίαν. Η αυθαιρεσία εγέννησε την ληστείαν. Η ληστεία εγέννησε την πολιτικήν. Ιδού η αυθεντική καταγωγή του τέρατος τούτου». Σαν σήμερα, το 1851, γεννιέται στη Σκιάθο ο Αλέξανδρος Παπαδιαμάντης.Εκδόσεις Καστανιώτη