Greek folk music

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Greek folk music includes a variety of Greek styles played by ethnic Greek in Greece, Cyprus, Australia, the United States and elsewhere. Apart from the common music found all-around Greece, there are distinct types of folk music, sometimes related to the history or simply the taste of the specific places.

Aegean Islands

Main article: Music of the Aegean Islands (Nisiótika)

The Aegean islands of Greece are known for Nisiótika songs; Greek characteristics vary widely. Although the basis of the sound is characteristically secular-Byzantine, the relative isolation of the islands allowed the separate development of island-specific Greek music. Most of the Nisiótika songs are accompanied by lira, clarinet, guitar and violin. Modern stars include Yiannis Parios and the Konitopouloi ; Mariza Koch is credited with reviving the field in the 1970s. Folk dances include the Kalamatianos, ballos, syrtos, sousta, Chiotikos, Kalymniotikos, stavrotos, lerikos, kamara, mihanikos, trata, Panagia, Kalamatiano and Ikariotikos.

Central Greece

In central Greece many of folk songs referred to Rumeli. Rumeli and peloponnese took the lead in Greek war of independence in 1821. The kind of music also,...
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