Rebetiko briefly can be described as the urban popular song of the Greeks, especially the poorest, from the late 19th century to the 1950s.
Rebetiko, plural rebetika (Greek: ρεμπέτικο, pronounced [reˈbetiko] and ρεμπέτικα respectively), occasionally transliterated as Rembetiko or Rebetico, is a term used today to designate originally disparate kinds of urban Greek music which have come to be grouped together since the so-called rebetika revival, which started in the 1960s and developed further from the early 1970s onwards.
On Saturday, October 15, my good friend Sam had a few friends over for an Authentic Greek dinner and to listen to some Authentic Greek music performed by Stella’s Ghost, a local Detroit Greek band named after the homeless icon who walked the streets of Detroit’s Greektown for decades, Stella Paris.
Stella’s Ghost started off the evening with full set of Rebetiko, here’s a sample: https://youtu.be/AinzlvVxeSA
After their first set, the intimate group sat down and enjoyed a family style Greek dinner including:
- Grilled meat - Lamb, Chicken & Pork
- Greek noodles - Macaroni like Sam’s mom used to make
- Greek salad - just like you’d expect
- Wine & Ouzo
This wasn’t one of those grab and go Greek pita sandwiches kind of meal but one where we sat around talked and laughed, got up to get seconds and then talked some more. Just like family.
Rebetiko may be the answer to the Blues of the United States but Sam’s cooking is the answer to the blues.