Tuesday, 1 September 2009

18. Pontic Greek Music

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Until their deportation in 1923 under the terms of the Treaty of Lausanne - treaty which called for a population exchange between Greece and Turkey - hundreds of thousands of Greeks had been living along the Black Sea shores of north-eastern Turkey for millennia.

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Traditional Pontic Greek music is a mixture of native Greek, Turkish, and Kartvelian (Laz), as were many other aspects of Pontic Greek culture (dance, food, dress, &c.).

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Here are some videos from YouTube, mostly recordings of documentary programmes which were shown on Greek television in the 1980s:

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Lizeta Nikolaou sings
Forty Red Apples
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Famous Greek actor Nikos Xanthopoulos sings
Tsambasin. This video, which was part of a film called Odysseia enos xerizomenou (1969), is in two parts: Following Xanthopoulos' song, there is a remarkable Pontic Greek dance.
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A recreation of a "traditional Pontian wedding"

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A dance called "tik", to the strains of a
tulum bagpipe
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