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Rembetissa

January 1, 1996 | Format: MP3

$9.49
Also available in CD Format
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Rembetic music isn't something you hear often. If you have ordinary musical tastes, your chances of hearing rembetiko are on par with your chances of being struck by lightning. If you like things that are just a little strange, you could still live your whole life and never hear of it. For the uninitiated, rembetiko kind of like the blues, in that the themes are mostly the same: hard-luck women, no-good men, drinking, hashish and poverty. It sounds a bit like other Greek music, although often more mournful.
Rosa Eskenazi has a beautiful voice. Often, in the slower songs, the accompaniment will fall silent to let her sing alone for an entire verse. Of course, it's a pity that these tracks were made at a time and place when the recording quality wasn't the best. However, like the best old records this one has soul, and transcends its limitations. Only four stars were awarded because there were a handful of tracks I didn't care for.
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The CD Rembetissa by singer Roza Eskenazi is the real Greek blues performed by one of the greatest jewish singers!
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There is a very good discussion of Roza Eskenazi and her music in a new book, Midnight at the Pera Palace by Charles King. The subtitle of the book is The Birth of Modern Istanbul. This is an unusual and wonderful book which covers all the social and political changes in Istanbul from around 1880 to 1950, from the last Ottoman Sultan to the rise of the secular state under the dictator Mustafa Kemal. The chapter, Modern Times, discusses Roza in sympathetic detail along with another musician, the blind Hrant Kenkulian, perhaps the greatest oud virtuoso ever. The two people are noteworthy first of all for their music, which was shockingly new, creative and simply better than anything known before in Greece or Turkey. But what is more amazing is that both Roza and Hrent were members of despised minority groups. She was Jewish, daughter of a poor pedlar and Hrent Kenkulian, as his name reveals, was Armenian. During his career the Turks mounted their genocide against the Armenians, so his survival was a miracle. He undoubtedly knew hundreds of people who died in that holocaust.
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