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?