In recent months the names of potential singers who will represent Greece at Eurovision 2016 have come thick and fast. Rumours about Eleonora Zouganeli and Mariza Rizou have come and gone, and today a new line has emerged. GetGreekMusic reports that the lucky act is actually Ithikon Akmaiotaton and Salina.
The rumour fits with recent developments. Last week Mr Dionisis Tsaknis, the president of ERT, revealed that a relatively unknown act would sing at the content — and bring a Balkan sound.
The song has strong ethnic and Balkan sounds, but not in a traditional way. It’s an exciting song in Greek, bringing the country’s own identity to the contest. The lyrics will refer to the refugee crisis and the financial difficulties we are facing, but the song is really happy and upbeat.
The artists that will perform the song in Stockholm are not well known, but they’re talented musicians. It is expected that they will carry out Greece’s representation in a very professional way.
Ithikon Akmaiotaton is a band from Thesaloniki, Greece’s second city. It consists of Kostas Karagiozidis, Dimitris Zararis and Giorgos Kalaklilis. The band may not be widely known, but it has a long history. They fill their songs with traditional Greek flourishes and have even sung in Pontiac. Laika, Rempetika, Entechna, Dimonika — they know Greek music inside and out and easily flow between these ethnic genres. Ithikon Akmeotaton also interprets modern-day Greek pop in their own distinctive manner.
Born in London and raised in Cyprus, Salina is both an actor and a pop-rock-electro singer. She has a growing profile and has cooperated with several well-known artists in Greece, including Christos Dantis. According to GetGreekMusic, she will stand as the band’s front-woman at Eurovision 2016.
So what do you think? Do you want the rumor to become a reality?
I don’t believe Greece,with this band will qualify to final….
It won’t be Ithikon Akmaiotaton, but the group “On the road”. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_EJezpPbAI
If Greece takes some of their actual traditional sounds in Greek, I know I will love it. I was kind of tired of the “take any style + boutzouki + English”. Greece has a very varied musical tradition and lot of dances.
Wow … first I thought “okey more free alcohol bs wearing kilts” .. and then I read they want to showcase in their music the problems Greece is going through right now … okey … the spoil brat is finally using the dippers it has been given every single year to sing about … now pity for something that they put themselves into since … even before joining the EU in 1981? Okey this is should *cough cough* be interesting … (or not!!). And they say ESC should not be about “political issues” … right …
oh my god….We are in such a difficult semi final and they are going to select INTERNALLY those people? just no.
Not bad actually. Still wait for the official announcement
The president of ERT Dionisis Tsaknis yesterday:
«We are not going to have dancers or special effects. Other countries can do that better than us (!!!) This is not the phase Greece is in right now…We want to talk about the hardships greek people are going through and the struggle of refugees. We want to give the world lessons in humanity.»
?hese people are the laughing stock of Europe. Propaganda and self-righteous pontificating is all there are ever good at.
This is shaping to be such a train wreck. I highly doubt we will be in the final this year.
I’d prefer these a hundred times more to sleepin pillow, the other rumoured act. Mixing modern with traditional Greek is a great formula if it’s pulled off. Given what’s gone so far, I’d take this for sure.
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