Stelios Mpikakis: I Figi (The Getaway)
By Katerina Arabatzi
I Figi (The Getaway) is a CD that gathers the sounds of Crete
and Greece in a fresh and outstanding synthesis.
The CD was published in 2001 by Central
Music LTD. It consists of 10 songs, all of which can help familiarise
you with Greek music. The music of Stelios Mpikakis in this cd
is not traditional Cretan music, but contains many echoes of
roots in this island.
Stelios Mpikakis is quite a famous singer in Crete. Most
of his songs’ lyrics are written by him, and the music is
also composed by him. He was born in Rethymnon in 1965. He has
played the lyre since he was 14 and has performed in public since
the early age of 16. His particular synthesis is influenced from
Cretan music, as well as from other kinds of Greek music.
people in Crete have criticized him for diverging from what they’re used to nominating as “Cretan music” but Mpikakis
successfully manages to blend different Greek sounds into an outstanding result.
On the other hand some believe that his songs constitute an aspect of the evolution
of traditional music of Crete.
In this particular CD you will hear sounds of
lute, lyre, violin, guitar, bass, ‘baglama’ (a traditional
Greek instrument), clarinet, nei, percussion/drums and piano/keyboards.
Yannis Sissakis: lute, vocals
Thanasis Vasilopoulos: clarinet, nei
Yannis Yokarinis: piano/keyboards
Yorgos Troulinos: bass
Vasilis Klouvatos: violin
Stelios Mpikakis: vocals, lyre
Yorgos Retikas: guitar, baglama
Takis Argiriou: percussion
This was his ‘best-seller’ CD,
with the track 01 “Birthday” being very popular among
the people of Crete.
With his kind of sad voice, Mpikakis can take you
to ”meet” apart from Cretan music, sounds of the East, of the Northern
Aegean islands, (track no 5 "Melahrino" is a traditional Lesvos’ song).
Hearing this can also offer you a short experience of rempetika music, one
of the most important pages of Greek musical history.
Music Samples from the CD of Stelios Mpikakis:
- Genethlia (Birthday)