Thursday, September 17, 2015

SMYRNAIC BLACK HORSE BLUES

Marika Papagika, born on the island of Kos, emigrated to the U.S. early in the last century, recorded over 225 sides in New York and Chicago between 1918 and 1937, here declaiming the “Greek blues,” accompanied by Nicolas Relias playing clarinet, Markos Sifneos on cello, and her husband Kostas Papagikas on cymbalum.


Marika Papagika • Smyrneikos Balos • 1922


Marika Papagika, vocal; Nicolas Relias, clarinet; Markos Sifneos, cello; Kostas Papagikas, cymbalum. New York City, November 1922

Find it: Greek Popular & Rebetic Music in New York 1918–1929

Image: Japanese women walk through ruins of Hiroshima, August 1945

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