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George Karantonis

Musician, singer, songwriter George Karantonis: The remarkable story of Australia’s adopted son

Completely self taught, musician and songwriter George Karantonis composed his first song at age 7, penning the poignant lyrics; “Xenos ekei, xenos kai edo, patrida nisi, to yiofiri ego” or “A stranger there, a stranger here too, homeland homeland, the adopted son”. GCT speaks to George about his amazing life’s journey from humble childhood, to becoming a member of famed band ‘Moda Blue’, his Opening Ceremony performance at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, the song ‘Australia’ he composed at the request of late Archbishop Stylianos and, more recently, his historical rendition of the Greek Anthem as part of 200th Greek Independence Day celebrations.

scott morrison

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison attends Greek Orthodox Easter service saying, “Christ is Risen”

Prime Minister of Australia ‘ScoMo’ attends Greek Orthodox Easter service saying, “Christ is Risen.” His Eminence Archbishop Makarios had his own special Easter message to the thousands of believers attending as he tells them, “Do not be afraid to state your Greek origin and your Orthodox faith.”