The music of Cyprus
The heartbeat of a place lies in the traditional music of the area and the Mediterranean island of Cyprus can boast a style of music called Rebetiko that pulls on everyone’s heart strings. Imagine the classic black and white film Zorba the Greek with its soulful acoustic soundtrack, and you’ll get the idea.
Also known as the Greek Blues, the dream-like melodies of Rebetiko are performed by rebetes – who are the composers, players and singers.
Rebetiko was originally played in Tekes, a Turkish word meaning the Dervish quarters in Muslim monasteries. And this word eventually came to refer to the side rooms of coffee houses and tavernas where we’ll most likely discover a Rebetiko performance on a Cyprus holiday.