Greekadelia: No. 1 in World Music Charts Europe August AND September
We are very pleased to announce....
Riverboat Records' album Greekadelia has topped the European World Music Charts for August AND September, an impressive two months in a row!
The album by Kristi Stassinopoulou and Stathis Kalyviotis has been a smash hit, celebrated by their number one ranking in the prestigious chart. The album sets out the duo's imaginative take on reinvented Greek folk as Kristi and Stathis remix traditional demotika songs to reflect their own experiences of urban life in Greece. Each one of the stunning tracks represent a different region in Greece highlighting traditional styles of music like demotika (Greek folk music) and some rebetika (old Greek urban music associated with the underclass) mixed with electronic samples from instruments not associated with Greece such as the Indian harmonium.
Greekadelia has risen right to the top of the chart, beating competition from other big world music names including Mariem Hassen and Sierra Leone Refugee All Stars.
Kristi & Stathis previously topped the chart and remained in the top ten for six whole months with their 2003 album The Secrets of Rocks. Greekadelia has spurred press interest and recieved great reviews with critic Robin Denselow calling the album, 'A highly original, compelling set' (The Guardian, June 2012).
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"Reinvented folk" is how these young musicians like to describe their art, but with its ancient vocal undertones their down-home reinvention goes back to the music's source'. - The Independent.
'The Greek duo set traditional demotika songs for harmonium and lauto, then pump them up with samples. With a blast of a seashell horn and a mangled announcement from a ferry captain, Stassinopoulou and Kalyviotis set off on a tour of Greece, setting traditional demotika songs for harmonium and lauto (the Greek lute), then pumping them up with samples'. - Financial Times.
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