Manolis Chiotis – was a Greek rebetiko and laiko composer, singer and bouzouki player. He is considered one of the greatest bouzouki soloists of all time. He invented the four-course bouzouki (tetrachordo) and introduced the guitar-like tuning.
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.
Marika Ninou (Greek: Μαρίκα Νίνου) (1918 – 23 February 1957), was an Armenian-Greek rebetiko singer, born Evangelia Atamian.Ninou possessed a high-pitched voice of substantial body and volume and impeccable tonality, and sang with emotional intensity. She recorded a total of 174 songs, of which 119 as lead singer. The movie Rembetiko by Costas Ferris is based on her life.
Zeibekiko (Greek: Ζεϊμπέκικο) is a Greek folk dance The name is derived from Zeibek warriors of Anatolia.The dance is of free choreographic structure. Although in older times the dance was danced by a pair of either the same or opposite sex, it has been evolved a solo dance strictly masculine... Occasionally dancers perform feats such as standing on a glass of wine or a chair or fireplace, or picking up a table, adding a sense of a little braggadocio and humor.
Marika Papagika One of the first generation of Greek women singers to be heard on sound recordings, Marika Papagika born Kos on September 1, 1890. Her family moved to Egypt, probably Alexandria, when she was young. Around 1915 she emigrated to the USA Marika's versatile repertory included folksongs, 'light', European-style songs, but she became a noted exponent of the Smyrnaic style of the rebetiko died in New York in 1943
Markos Vamvakaris - was a rebetiko musician. He is universally referred to by rebetiko writers and fans simply by his first name, Márkos. The great significance of Vamvakaris for the rebetiko is also reflected by his nickname: the "patriarch of the