Summer is Not Over and Great Old Greek Music is Never Old (Vid)

Mc Yinka was born in 1981 and raised in Athens. For Imam Baildi he delights was MC, freestyle singer and crowd manager. With other groups he is an electric bass player. (Photo by TNH)

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.

Rena Morfi’s CV tells everyone how smart she is, having graduated from Athens University with a
degree from the Historical and Archaeological department of Philosophy School. With a microphone
in her hand and a flaming red dress on, all her fans need to know is that she is hot. (Photo by TNH)
Young Athenians who still are counting on more swimming days know how to have fun on the beach
at night. The innovative and popular local band Imam Baildi drew hundreds to Kalamaki Beach last
weekend. (Photo by TNH)
Singer Idra Kayne pauses backstage to chat after her performance with Iman Baildi’s Rena Morfi.
(Photo by TNH)