ATHENS – Don’t let anyone tell you summer ends in August in Greece, and stop them if they suggest the only music young Greeks listen to was created after 1990 – the proof for both was in the thongs of young people at the Bolivar Beach Bar last weekend at Kalamaki Beach in Athens.
The popular Greek band Imam Baildi was on fire onstage, preceded by the electric singer Idra Kayne, born and raised in Athens, the daughter of a Greek mother and a father from Uganda
Lead singer Rena Morfi, resplendent in a red dress waving in the late summer breeze has a voice that is alternately sultry and electric. Greek-born Mc Yinka also delighted with rap and repartee.
The band is named for a very popular Southeast Mediterranean dish, which reflects the variety of music that inspires its founders, brothers Orestis and Lysandros Falireas. In 2007 they began experimenting with remixes of Greek songs from the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s. It doesn’t just work, it sizzles, and thrills young Greeks.
Their father owned a record label and a record shop in Central Athens specializing in rebetika.
For the record, “Imam Baildi consisting of aubergine stuffed with onion, garlic, and tomatoes simmered in olive oil,” according to the band’s website.