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LIVING                                             SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2013                           

WHEN THE MUSIC CAME TO TOWN

 

 During the month of August one of my favourite musicians came to town. He came to the island and brought two of his friends. The posters pasted onto numerous telegraph poles reminded us that Maχαριτσας, Στοχας and  Σταροβας  were on their way (August 14th to be precise). Μαχαριτσας, α full bodied man with a big passionate soul who sings gravelly and emotionally about love, loss, friendship, war and politics, to name a few themes.

The stadium started to fill from early evening and even though Mr. L had bought 2 tickets as a treat for me, we were not able to leave the office until 9pm, early for us!

I scanned the steps for a comfortable seat, one with a cushion that could warm and comfort our butt ends for two hours. Seated though I realized that we were too far from the platform and the music which neither of us would feel; we didn’t want to be spectators, we wanted to be feelers.

We got up and made our way to the centre stadium but all of the soft seats had been taken. We settled instead for cold concrete steps and soon realized we’d be feeling cold numbness with our music. But every cloud has a silver lining. Greeks do not sit still at church, let alone at an outdoor concert and for at least an hour, Mr. L had a series of firm young thighs and pert bottoms brushing against his head as they wound their way down to the refreshments or to meet their friends. The thighs were preceded by an exotic array of expensive perfumes and many tinkled with laughter or shouted greetings. For once, I didn’t fill in the missing information by describing visual details; he was happy enough and certainly wasn’t complaining!!

The music was naturally gloriously loud and the singers had a good rapport with each other and with the audience whom thy beckoned to come closer so that we were all together and not separated by a barrier. They were fat and resonant with voices as big as their bodies and as people moved forwards to sit on the grass by the platform, we were soon able to occupy a cushioned ‘proper’ seat.

For two hours we were treated to an excellent musical performance whilst the Greeks among us did what they do best; they sang along with the lyrics and many danced uninhibitedly and for a short while, Greece and her problems were forgotten.

There are several examples of Machairitsas’s music on You Tube which I recommend you treat yourselves to. Even if you don’t understand the lyrics, the melodies are superb!! Here though is a short biography about his musical life:

 Machairitsas began his solo career in 1989 as a writer and performer. His first album was O Magapas Kai I Sagapo, released by Minos-EMI. In 1991 he released Didymoteicho Blues, which was certified Gold.

Rixe Kokkino Stin Nichta was released in 1993 and featured many other artists. Since then he has been working closely with Dionysis Tsaknis, another well known Greek musician. Almost all their live appearances are made together. Their live performances have also been made into records.

In 1995, he released Parathyra Pou Kourase I Thea, considered by many to be his best album yet. In 1996, he released Pafsilypon with many other artists. Three years later, he released Etsi Drapetevo Ap' Tis Parees, again with many well-known musicians, especially in the song "Kai Ti Zitao". He then composed the music for the movie Enas Kai Enas. In 2001 he released To Dialeimma Krataei Dyo Zoes, which included songs such as "Matia Dihos Logiki", "Ela Psihoula Mou" and "O Egokentrikos". In 2002 he wrote the music for Giannis Kotsiras' album Xylino Alogaki. His next release was the two-disk album Tosa Chronia Mia Anasa (2007). It included a new song (the title song) and 34 of his career's greatest hits, being his first "best of" album.

Besides the many albums, Machairitsas and Tsaknis hold many concerts all over Greece during the summer. He has also held concerts with Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Haris Alexiou, Vasilis Papakonstantinou, Pyx Lax, Christos Thivaios and many more[1]

Machairitsas continues to work in Greek rock music and to compose music

Source: Wikipedia



 

Alison Lorentzos                                                             copyright 2013

 

 

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