Sokratis Malamas Biography

Sokratis Malamas was born on September 29, 1957 in Sykia in Chalkidiki, Greece. His family moved to Stuttgart, Germany for a few years, he later moved to Thessaloniki. There, he sang bouzouki songs and he learned from his father about his music. At age thirteen, he bought his first guitar and practiced for his presentations at schoolworks and when he was seventeen, he followed his guitar studies at the Macedonian Conservatory of Thessaloniki (Μακεδονικό Ωδείο Θεσσαλονίκης = Makedoniko Odeio Thessalonikis). He returned to Germany after he finished school and later went to the Stuttgart Odeon. In one difficult period of his life, he came back to Greece and attended studies at the National Conservatory of Athens (Εθνικό Ωδείο Αθηνών = Ethniko Odeio Athinon). He was taught by Vangelis Assimakopoulos and Notis Mavroudis. At 23, he began his professional career, worked as a guitar teacher and a singer in some public shops. Before he continued into his personal way, he was a guitarist at the orchestra of Nikos Papazoglou.

He continued to play music in public shops, he tried and put his songs on programs. Not until the time that Nikos Papazoglou made him enter the studio and began his first album Aspromavres Istories in 1989. Sokratis Malamas wrote songs for theatrical releases and made his performance in the odeon. His direction of his works was better known and loved his charts.

He performed with famous musicians including Manolis Rasoulis, composers including Nikos Xydakis, singer Melina Kana, singer-songwriter Thanasis Papakonstantinou and cooperated with other lyricists and musicians including Giannis Tsatsopoulos, Giorgos Athanassopoulos, Alkis Alkaiou, Fotini Lambridis, Thodoros Gonis, Michalis Gkanas and Odysseas Ioannou. He also participated in works of other musicians including Dionyssis Tsaknis, Maria Thoidou, B.D. Foxmoor and Sadahzinia (of Active Member), Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Thanos Mikroutsikos, Michalis Siganidis, Takis Vouis, Maria Papanikolaou Alkinoos Ioannidis, Haris Alexiou and others.

Malamas also wrote songs and featured them in movies including To Kynigi To Lagou (Το Κυνήγι του Λαγού) [1] and interpreted a song called To Chrono na Lavoso (Το χρόνο να λαβώσω) in a short-length film Ypsoma 33 (Ύψωμα 33) [2], [3]

Aspromavres Istories – Ασπρόμαυρες Ιστορίες [Stories in Black and White] (1989)
Paramithia – Παραμύθια [Fables] (1991)
Tis Meras kai tis Nixtas – Της Μέρας και της Νύχτας [Of Day and Night] (1992)
Kyklos – Κύκλος [Circle] (1993)
Lavyrinthos – Λαβύρινθος [Labyrinth] (1996)
13.000 Meres – 13.000 Μέρες [13.000 Days] (1998)
O Fylakas kai o Vasilias – Ο Φύλακας και ο Βασιλιάς [The Guardian and the King] (2000)
Ena – Ένα [One] (2002)
Adeio Domatio – Άδειο [Empty Room] (2005)
Dromi – Δρόμοι [Pathways] (2007)
Ekso – Έξω [Outside] (2010)
Perasma – Πέρασμα [Passage] (2010)
Hartis – Χάρτης [Map] (2014)
1994 – To Fantasma Apo to Parelthon (Το φάντασμα από το παρελθόν) (Akti)
1995 – Stin Andromeda Kai Stin Gi (Στην Ανδρομέδα και στη γη = On Andromeda And On Earth) (Lyra)
1997 – I Gynaika Kai To Milo (Η γυναίκα και το μήλο) (Mylos)
1997 – Pyli Tis Ammou (Πύλη της άμμου = Sand Gate) (Mylos)
1997 – San Petalouda (Σαν πεταλούδα = Like A Butterfly) Virgin
1999 – Me tin Plati ston Ticho (Με την πλάτη στον τοίχο = With The Back On The Wall)
1999 – Mikres Angelies (Μικρές αγγελίες = Little Tidings)
2006 – Plano Eksodou (Πλάνου Εξόδου = Exit Plan)


Source: Wikepedia



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Locomondo (Photo by Delia Woehlert,courtesy of Amstel)
Background information
Origin GreeceAthens, Greece
Genres Ska, Reggae
Years active 2004 – Present
Labels Music Box international
Members Markos Koumaris
Yiannis Varnavas
Stamatis Goulas
Spyros Mpesdekis
Stratos Sountris
Mike Mourtzis
Thanasis “Spogos” Tampakis

Locomondo is ska-reggae band from Greece.

The 7-member band fronted by Markos Koumaris, the main songwriter and composer of the group, fuses Reggae, Ska and Caribbean sounds with Greek traditional musical elements.

They have released 6 albums, including Locomondo Live!, an album which turned gold in December 2011. Two of their video clips have received the “Best Alternative Video Clip” award from Mad-TV Greece (in 2007 and 2010).
Locomondo is the most known Reggae band in Greece, as well as the only Greek group that has recorded in Jamaica. This happened in 2005, when the band followed an invitation of ex Skatalites trombonist and Studio One legend Vin Gordon to the “island in the sun” and recorded the album “12 meres stin Jamaica” (12 days in Jamaica).
The album contained two songs that meant to be great hits in Greece, but also attracted attention beyond the Greek borders.
The first was a reggae cover of the Rembetiko song Frangosyriani composed in 1935 by the legendary Markos Vamvakaris.
Taking notice of this interesting musical mixture the German film director, screenwriter and producer of Turkish descent Fatih Akin included the song in his Venice Film Festival Special Jury Prize winning film Soul kitchen in 2009, and used it as the soundtrack for the red carpet event of his film.
The second hit of this album was “Den kani kryo stin Ellada” (It’s Not Cold in Greece), a hymn to solidarity and optimism. The song became a slogan in Greece and received millions of hits on YouTube.
Other important collaborations in this album where the ones with Spanish singer Amparo Sanchez (Amparanoia) in Barcelona and Natty Bo (Ska Cubano) in Athens. In 2010 Locomondo recorded “Goal“, a romantic song about football, which turned out to be an unofficial soundtrack for the Greek National Football Team qualifying for the second time in its history in the final phase of the World Cup.


Markos Koumaris (Photo by George Karahalios)

The video clip of the song featured Greek national player Dimitris Salpingidis who scored the qualifying goal against Ukraine. Although the Greek team disqualified in the first round in South Africa,†the band considered it as a strike of luck as Salpingidis scored against Nigeria in the 2nd match, becoming the first player to ever score for Greece in a World Cup final phase.

Other interesting facts

  • In 2007 the band collaborated with Greek American director Christine Crokos composing and recording the sound track for the comedy “Gamilio Party” (wedding party).

The film sold over 250.000 tickets and the song “Gamilio Party” became one of the most beloved wedding songs.

Band members

Additional musicians

Former members

  • Stefanos Psaradakis – Drums


  • 2004 Enas Trelos Kosmos (A crazy world)
  • 2005 12 Meres Jamaica (12 days in Jamaica)
  • 2007 Me wanna dance
  • 2008 Gamilio Party (OST) (The wedding party)
  • 2009 Locomondo Live
  • 2010 Goal (digital single)
  • 2011 Locomondo Best Of
  • 2013 New Day Rising


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Yannis Kotsiras Biography

He was born in Athens and started his career in 1990 singing “rebetika” and “laika” at the historical “Perivoli t’ouranou”.

His first personal album “Athoos Enochos” (Innocent Guilty) was released in 1996 with music by Panayiotis Kalantzopoulos and Evanthia Reboutsika and Aris Davarakis’ lyrics.

He has worked with Haris Alexiou, Dimitris Mitropanos, Giorgos Dalaras, Eleftheria Arvanitaki, Vasilis Papakonstantinou, Lavrentis Machairitsas, Nikos Portokaloglou, Eleni Tsaligopoulou, Nikos Antypas, Dimitris Papadimitriou, Dimitris Basis, Kostas Makedonas and others.

He wrote songs for Dimitris Mitropanos, Yiannis Koutras, Dimitris Mpasis, Rallia Christidou, Salina and Sofia Strati.

He took part in concerts and Cds of Mikis Theodorakis, Yiannis Markopoulos, Thanos Mikroutsikos and Mimis Plessas.

Since 2010 he started his collaboration with the world famous Yasmin Levi.

In October 2003 he was honoured with the “Best Selling Greek Artist” award within the framework of the World Music Awards held every year in Monaco, a prize covering two years of top sales (2002 and 2003).

In March 2004, just a few days after the Flame-Lighting Ceremony in Ancient Olympia, his CD single “Pass the flame”, containing the song of the Athens 2004 Torch Relay, was released globaly. The CD single contained three versions of the song (English lyrics, Greek lyrics, and instrumental). Yiannis Kotsiras performed the song in both languages. “Pass the flame” was written by Trevor Horn, a Grammy awarded composer and producer who has connected his name with great artists internationally (Paul Mc Cartney, Bryan Ferry, Pet Shop Boys, Art of Noise etc), in collaboration with Lol Creme. The Greek lyrics were written by Lina Nikolakopoulou. The CD was recorded in Sarmwest Studios, the studios Trevor Horn uses in London. The vocals are supported by famous singers from all over the world reflecting the global spirit of the torch relay.

In June of 2007 Yiannis gave a great concert at Lycabettus Theater, celebrating his 10 years of live performing, with the participation of many friends. The result was a total success in a sold out night, with more than 7.500 people in the theater.

His latest CD has been released at October of 2014 under the title of “Oti thimase den petheni” (Whatever you remember never dies) with the music made by Thanos Mikroutsikos, Lyrics by Odysseas Ioannou and also a song with lyrics by Alkis Alkaios.

In 2015 he wrote for a very first time theatrical music for the show “Penelope Delta” that took place for the period of 2014-2015 at the “Daily Theater”. Director: Andromachi Motzoli”.

Totally he has released 14 personal albums with more that 1 million sales and he has given more than 1000 concerts in Greece and all over the world.


1996 “Athoos Enochos” (Innocent Guilty)

1997 “Mono ena fili” (Just a kiss)

1999 “Filakas Aggelos” (Guadrian Angel)

2000 “Eine diki mas i zoi mas” (Our life is ours)

2001 CD Single “Efapaks” (In one go)

2002 “Yiannis Kotsiras LIVE” which has sold over 400.000 copies

2002 “Axion esti, Pnevmatiko Emvatirio”

2003 “Ksilino alogaki” (Wooden horse)

2003 “Ti tragoudi na sou po” (What song can I sing you) DVD

2004 “Trianta kai kati” (30something)

2006 “Taksidia filia” (Travels Kisses)

2006 “O dromos” (The road)

2008 “Kai pali paidi” (Child again)

2010 “Yannis Kotsiras Live 2010”

2012 “I Smirni tou erota” (The Smyrne of love)

2013 “Mousiko kouti” (Music box)

2014 “Oti thimase den petheni” (Whatever you remember never dies)

2015 “Penelope Delta”

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May 2015

10, Germany, Köln-Alteburg
Tickets: 01634332459 & 01759359780, Tavernaki 02213761497, Alteburg 02219378329

9, Holland, Amsterdam, Melweg Venue, 20.00

7, France, Paris, UNESCO Headquarters, Room I – 125, avenue de Suffren, Paris 75007 – Métro : Ségur-UNESCO, 19.30
Tickets on sale: free etrance/invitation

4, UK, Cardiff, Theatre: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama, 20.30
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April 2015

30, Czech, Prague, MeetFactory, with Philokallia ensemble, 20.00

27, Germany, Munich, Gasteig – Black Box, 20.00

25, Germany, Aachen, musikalische Akzente einer anderen Art, Ballsaal im Alten Kurhaus, 20.00

24, Germany, Stuttgart, KURSAAL-BAD CANNSTATT, Königsplatz 1, 20.15
konzert info / Tickets: 01774190423

22, Germany, Frankfurt, “Titus Forum in der Nordweststadt Frankfurt/M”, Walter-Möller-Platz 2, 19.00
TICKET SALES: TEL.  069 23816898 or 01799448878, EMAIL:

20, Germany, Hamburg, FABRIK-HAMBURG, Barnerstraße 36, 20.15
Tickets: Alle beknnten VVstellen – Hotline 040391070
konzert info 01724017473

19, Germany, Berlin, Heimathafen Neukölln, 21.00
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Thanasis Papakonstantinou Biography

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Thanasis Papakonstantinou
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Thanasis Papakonstantinou, performing live in Berlin, 12 February 2012
Background information
Native name Θανάσης Παπακωνσταντίνου
Birth name Athanasios Papakonstantinou
Born April 26, 1959 (age 55)
Tyrnavos, Greece
Genres Experimental, folk, rembetiko
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, bouzouki
Years active 1982–present

Athanasios “Thanasis” Papakonstantinou (Greek: Αθανάσιος “Θανάσης” Παπακωνσταντίνου; born April 26, 1959) is a Greek singer-songwriter.

Short biography[edit]

He is married, with two children. Papakonstantinou studied mechanical engineering in Thessaloniki, which he practices as well as being a musician. After military service (all males are conscripted in Greece), he had a spell of handcrafting traditional Greek musical instruments.

Now a Larissa resident, Papakonstantinou has established himself as one of the most original and prolific people in the Greek music scene. He writes music in the Greek folk idiom, stemming from his own recollections of traditional songs his parents sang while working in the field. He usually writes his own lyrics or uses poems. He has collaborated with numerous notable artists from the Greek music scene, such as Giannis Aggelakas,Melina Kana, Sokratis Malamas, Lizeta Kalimeri, Nikos Papazoglou.

In 2002, his song Nanourisma was featured in the film by Nikos Grammatikos O Vasilias (The King).[1] The 2007 documentary The Horns of the Bull is dedicated to Papakonstantinou’s work.[2]


  • Αγία Νοσταλγία (Holy Nostalgia, Agia Nostalgia) (1993)
  • Στην Ανδρομέδα και στη Γη (In Andromeda and on Earth, Stin Andromeda kai sti Gi) (1995)
  • Της Αγάπης Γερακάρης (Falconer of Love, Tis Agapis Gerakaris) (1996)
  • Λάφυρα (Loot, Lafyra) (1998)
  • Βραχνός Προφήτης (Hoarse Prophet, Vrachnos Profitis) (2000)
  • Αγρύπνια (Vigil, Agrypnia) (2002)
  • Τα ζωντανά (The Live Ones, Ta Zontana) (2004)
  • Οι πρώτες ηχογραφήσεις (The First Recordings, Oi protes ichografiseis) (2005)
  • Η βροχή από κάτω (The Rain from Below, I vrochi apo kato) (2006)
  • Διάφανος (Diaphanous, Diaphanos) (2006)
  • Ο Σαμάνος (The Shaman, O Samanos) (2008)
  • Ο ελάχιστος εαυτός (The Minimal Self, O elachistos eaftos) (2011)
  • Πρόσκληση σε δείπνο κυανίου (Invitation to Cyanide Dinner, Prosklisi se Deipno Kianiou) (2014)

Sample of lyrics[edit]

Rhyme from Agripnia, 2002: “Sleeplessness, ungroped animal!”; “Without a spit of affection / In those who thirst for chimeras, you tilt / Your mug that’s always empty.”

Band members[edit]

  • George Bandoek Apostolakis
  • Sotiris Douvas
  • Dimitris Mpaslam
  • Mitsos Mistakidis
  • Pantelis Stoikos
  • Fotis Siotas
  • Martha Frintzila
  • Matoula Zamani


  1. Jump up^ “The King (2002)”. IMDb. Retrieved 19 October 2013.
  2. Jump up^ “On the Horns of the Bull (2007)”. IMDb. Retrieved 19 October 2013.

External links[edit]

Letter by Boris G. Abalian

St. Petersburg, January 5, 2010I met Alkinoos Ioannidis at the rehearsals and immediately shaped a very positive impression for the artist and person. He was warm, open-minded and kind, possessing every passage of his music and knowing exactly what he wanted.Studying his scores and the material he provided me with, I was astonished by both his solid orchestrating knowledge, as well as by the inspiring passages and the mastery by which his compositions were developed in terms of drama, providing me with what I always expect a composer to do: traveling me to his world and forcing me to concentrate listening to his ideas. He knows very well how to use the choir and certainly he has succeeded in combining it with the orchestra.Mr. Ioannidis is a rare case of composer-performer. For the needs of this concert, he played four instruments (lute, guitar, bass-flute and percussion) and sung many of his passages. I highly appreciate this quality as I believe that a composer who participates in the performing process of his work has the advantage to better control his compositions and at the same time inspire the rest of the performers.

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Alkinoos Ioannidis Biography

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Alkinoos Ioannidis
(Αλκίνοος Ιωαννίδης)
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Alkinoos Ioannidis, December 2008
Background information
Born 19 September 1969 (age 45)
Origin Nicosia, Cyprus
Genres Entehno
Years active 1993–present
Labels Universal Music Greece (1993-present)

Alkinoos Ioannidis (Greek: Αλκίνοος Ιωαννίδης; born September 19, 1969) is a Greek-Cypriot composer, lyricist, singer, and orchestrator.

He was born in Nicosia on 19 September 1969. His artistic family, with a painter father and poet brother was a source of inspiration for him. He first wanted to study drums, but couldn’t due to the lack of a drum teacher in Nicosia. Instead, he studied guitar.

For the first 20 years of his life, he lived in a Nicosia suburb. After his military service, he went off to Greece to study theatre. He also entered the School of Philosophy, University of Athens, which he later gave up. He was more successful in his theatre studies where he played some major roles in well known Greek tragedies such as Alcestis.

At the age of 23 he recorded his first album called Stin Agora Tou Kosmou (Greek: Στην Αγορά Του Κόσμου, In The World’s Market) with lyrics and music written by Nikos Zoudiaris. This demo tape eventually reached the hands of a well known singer, Dimitra Galani. She instantly became fond of their music and Alkinoos’ voice and helped them get a record deal.

Alkinoos and Zoudiaris followed with another album called Opos Mistika Kai Isicha (Greek: Οπως Μυστικά Και Ήσυχα, As Secretly and Quietly). Both albums turned gold.

From 1993 to 1997 he toured frequently in support of other artists, including one of the most important female figures of Greek music, Eleftheria Arvanitaki. He also carried out one solo tour. Ioannidis rarely appears to give interviews or take part in television shows. His primary public appearance consists of concert tours that he gives every year in locations around Greece and Cyprus.

In 1997 his first self-penned album, O Dromos, O Hronos Kai O Ponos (Greek: Ο Δρόμος Ο Χρόνος Και Ο Πόνος, The Road, The Time and The Pain), was released to critical praise. The cover to was painted by his father. His subsequent albums have also had their covers painted by his father.

In 1999 he released another self-penned album, Anemodiktis (Greek: Ανεμοδείκτης, Weather Vane).

In 2000 he released a double-disc live album Ektos Topou kai Xronou (Greek: Εκτός τόπου και χρόνου, Out of Space and Time).

In 2003, he released Oi Peripeties enos Proskiniti (Greek: Οι περιπέτειες ενός προσκυνητή, The Adventures of a Pilgrim). It was a popular and critical hit.

In April 2006, he released an album of Cypriot folk songs titled Pou Disin Os Anatolin (Greek:΄Πού Δύσην Ώς Άνατολήν, From West to East) with his long time violinist Miltiadis Papastamou.

On 9 March 2009, he released the album Neroponti (Greek: Νεροποντή, Downpour).

Released in March 2012, Local Stranger is his 12th solo album and examines the “political and economic whirlwind” that has hit Greece in recent months.


  • 1993 Stin Agora Tou Kosmou
  • 1995 Opos Mistika Kai Isicha
  • 1997 O Dromos, O Hronos Kai O Ponos
  • 1999 Anemodiktis
  • 2000 Ektos Topou kai Xronou (Live)
  • 2003 Oi Peripeties enos Proskiniti
  • 2006 Pou Disin Os Anatolin
  • 2009 Neroponti
  • 2011 Gyalinos Kosmos (Live)
  • 2012 Local Stranger (This is a best of album from Alkinoos on Wrasse Records)
  • 2014 Mikri Valitsa – Small Suitcase