CULTURE

An ethnic break at Grammes with music, photos and food

The tunes and songs of world music are quite clearly a hit with the local public, a fact which would explain the numerous music festivals of ethnic, traditional and other musical trends coming under the umbrella of world music. Counting on the participation of a number of artists from the ethnic music scene, the E-Terra Festival will take place at Grammes (on Constantinoupoleos Street) on November 30 and December 1. Participating in the various events are performers such as Natacha Atlas and the Reyes brothers of Gypsy Kings fame. One of the Reyes brothers, Mario, was in Athens recently, performing together with Alkistis Protopsalti at the second Odes festival. Reyes and Protopsalti – a guest artist on the Reyes’ last album – will repeat their successful stage union on the second day of the festival. Atlas, on the other hand, will be performing with Avaton, for whom she, in turn, threw in a guest appearance at their latest recording efforts. Besides their joint concert, Atlas will also present her own songs. Photo exhibition Besides music, a number of other events will take place during the E-Terra Festival, including a photo exhibition of Doctors of the World, as well as a virtual information center projected on computer screens showing the best world music sites on the Internet. During the day and up to 10 p.m. there will be two four-hour shows of the virtual E-Terra radio station featuring music and comments from artists, while from 8 to 10 p.m. visitors will be able to taste ancient Greek, French, and Egyptian culinary flavors. Music program Musical events kick off on Friday, November 30, with a concert by guitarist Vassilis Rakopoulos, who is scheduled to appear with Byzantine music expert Giorgos Hadzichronoglou. Avaton and Natacha Atlas will follow. The next day, December 1, the day’s events begin with a concert by Kant Achouri, a London resident born in France of Spanish-Algerian parents. The artist will present his mix of acid jazz and funk. The evening will continue with a performance by the Reyes brothers, Alkistis Protopsalti and Natacha Atlas. There are always successors; happily this is the history of music, she says. On the other hand, the feelings that the blues bring to the surface will always exist.