Aremu Rindineddha, a beloved Griko song from Magna Graecia

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A take on Aremu Rindineddha, a beloved Griko song originating from the Greek-speaking villages of Magna Graecia, Italy. Griko is a dialect of Greek only few speak in the present day.

Lyrics originally written by Giuseppe Aprile. Unfortunately, there is no clear indication of the composer, therefore the music is considered to be traditional.

Recorded in late summer of 2021.

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Directed and edited by Panos Iliopoulos

Vocals / cover conception: Alkyone
Classic guitar / cover conception: Mimis Nikolopoulos
String arrangement / conductor: Dimitris Siampos
The String Orchestra project:
Violin - Thodoris Mouzakitis
Violin - Kostas Karitzis
Violin - Dimitris Kouzis
Violin - Katerina Tepelena
Violin - Periklis Timplalexis
Violin - Stamatella Spinoula
Viola - Constantine Gouzios
Viola - Naya Vourlaki
Cello - Aris Zervas
Cello - Mihalis Porfyris
Contrabass - Kostas Patsiotis

Sound engineer, Antart Studios: Nikos Mermigkas
Sound engineer, Underground Studio: Sotiris Noukas
Mixing: Sotiris Noukas

Orchestra recorded at Antart Studios, Athens
Vocals recorded at Underground Sound Studio, Thessaloniki

Lyrics: Giuseppe Aprile

Aremu rindineddha / Άραγε χελιδόνι μου
plea talassa se guaddhi / ποια θάλασσα σε φέρνει
ce a putt' e ste 'ce ftazzi / και ποιος σε περιμένει
ma to kallo cerro. / μ' αυτόν τον καλό καιρό

vasta to petton apsro / άσπρο είν΄ το στήθος σου
mavre vasta tes ale / και τα φτερά σου μαύρα
stavri kulor de mare / τη θάλασσα στη ράχη
ce i kuta en'diu nifti / στα δυο την ουρά

kaimmeno mbro sti talassa / στέκομαι μπρος στη θάλασσα
evo se kanono / και σε κοιτώ ξανά
lio ngherni lio kalei / λίγο που γέρνεις λίγο ανεβαίνεις
lio nghizzi to nero / κι ίσα αγγίζεις το νερό

ma su tipo mu lei / μα ούτε λέξη δε μου λες
ja possa sse roto / για όλα αυτά που σου ρωτώ
lio ngherni lio kalei / λίγο που γέρνεις λίγο ανεβαίνεις
lio nghizzi to nero / κι ίσα που αγγίζεις το νερό.

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