I have been trying to figure out how to describe what music I am hearing and it is difficult. I am going to link to some web sites where you can go and listen and I think that will help. The Bouzouki is an instrument, like a guitar which is a traditional Greek instrument. Traditional bands usually have a Bazooki and a clarinet and a singer. Many people listen to traditional music on the radio or using Cds. Last weekend we stayed in a hotel and had a TV and when flipping though the channels noticed that there was almost always one channel with traditional Greek music and dancing at all times. I also saw something like MTV which had some videos and music in English and some in Greek.
Elena Paparizou-won Eurovision 2005 which is a big multi country contest
Anna Vissi-When I linked this site it was being updated and there wasn't much there yet.
Mikis Teodorakis-This is a classical music composer. We bought a CD with his music!Did you know that you can listen to Greek radio online!? Here is a link to a station you might want to try! Ant1 FM
Here is a great page with general information about Greek music and links to many of the best artists. The Musical Gods of Greece
Younger people (teenagers) tend to listen to different music. I have heard a lot of techno pop and I guess that there is a specific type of Techno pop called Greek Techno Pop which includes some Greek instruments. I have not heard any rap or ska. Much of the music has some English words, but they are usually mixed in with Greek words also. Here are some links to Greek Music web sites. I have tried to find some where you can actually listen to the music.
One thing that I have seen everywhere here that has surprised me is Graffiti. Here are some pictures of the train that we took to Olympia last weekend. Graffiti is everywhere, especially in Athens, but there is even a little in Old Corinth. Most of it is very colorful, but there is some that is just spray painted words in one color.
Ms. Wilcox class thanks for writing so much and so many Excellent questions. I will answer them tomorrow AND more importantly, tomorrow I will be visiting the Demotico and I will have questions for YOU in my blog from the Greek students. You can write your answers in the comments and they will be able to read them (or their teacher will read them since most of them don't know English!)