Glykeria

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I have a  suspicion I'm  going to catch email Holy Hell for this Heresy  but nevertheless , I intend to stand my ground .  At least on a conditional basis .  What I am referring to is the inclusion of Glykeria on a Web site dedicated to promoting the art of  "Ta Rebetika".  Glykeria is actually considered a "Pop" singer of sorts and is in fact one of the most popular female vocalists in Greece today .  A "Pop" artist in Greece usually does not fall within the same narrowly constrained marginal guidelines used to designate or even define the term "Pop", by the majority of record companies .  Particularly by those most active in the English speaking mainstream markets such as the USA . While I am not exactly up on the Greek "Pop" scene , from what I have seen of it (admittedly very little) , it is difficult to categorize these artists solely by the type of materiel they perform . This is because they often have a very eclectic repertoire , that includes interpretations of many "standard " songs from the past , as well as their own contemporary compositions usually written for a younger and more lucrative market .  However we need to keep in mind that the Rebetissis of old did the exact same thing . We call them "Rebetissis" but the reality was that virtually all of them starting with Roza Eskenazy on down , actually performed a variety of music including Demotiki (Folk songs) , Rebetika , Smyrnakia and even Nisotika (island songs) , all throughout their careers . Consequently the versatility of many female as well as male vocalist today , are very much a continuation of this tradition . Glykeria has been given a spot here for the simple reason that she is the only such "Pop" singer I am aware of , who has released a number of recordings , that occasionally spotlight Rebetiko music for a younger generation .  She has performed with Revivalists such as Agathonas as well as some of the more renown Rebetis such as Michalis Genitsaris , as well as the late great Kostas Kaplanis .  She also happens to be in possession of what we feel to be one of the more "interesting" vocal styles around when compared to some of the other "Pop" vocalists performing today .  Furthermore her delivery as well as approach to this type of materiel , has perceptively matured to a point , where her interpretations can now be taken a good deal more seriously then they might have during an earlier point in her career .  However those interpretations still have a ways to go before we might grant her the title of  "I Derbetissa Diva 2000".  The one area that seems absent from the presentation in almost all of the younger "part time" interpreters of Rebetika today  (in our opinion) , is that one element in their voice that Rebetissis of old   such as Bellou and Yeorgakopoulou had in spades .  This would be the ability to communicate their emotions in a way that convinced you , that their emotions was also your own .  An ability that is very special and quite rare . You can still hear this in the older Rebetissis still active today such as Poly Panou or Anna Chrysafi , even though their voices are nowhere near as strong as they once were while they were in their prime .  This capacity seems to be elusive for most of the younger generation of singers that presently dominate the current "Pop" industry .  However none of the Classic Rebetissis of yesteryear was exactly born with this extraordinary ability and it's a good bet they had to labor diligently for some time , before they attained that level of professionalism and perfection . Based on this assumption , I remain optimistic that at least a few of the newer generation of interpreters , will evolve to a similar point in their careers and I think Glykeria may be an odds on favorite , to eventually fall into that very select group .