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Kristi's Secrets

Stathis remembers being in Thailand in 1986. "In Europe we listened to music from Britain or the States. So when I went to Thailand I was shocked because I saw it was all Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, Phil Collins, all those, like Hollywood. It was the only music that was coming from Europe or the States. There was no other music. It was so massive, like a bulldozer that destroys everything."

"There is a whole ideological part behind the term world music and what all these artists are doing nowadays," says Kristi. "It happened simultaneously in many areas, without the artists themselves having intended it or communicated. But this is not the first time that this has happened, and this is strange. This might have to do with astrology or the flow of energy around the planet. During the '60s there wasn't this world music thing going on but there was a certain period where all around the world you would have the arts flourishing in their own ways."

"But anyway, apart from the ideological and the social parts of it, it's fun. For me it is so much fun to discover music from around the world and to even try to do music or to use elements of music from around the world because this makes you travel as a musician. It gives you the feeling of travelling, because I believe that through music you can see the whole landscape around you. You can even feel the weather if you listen to the music, the way they sing. You can even feel the amount of humidity in the air of each country or how strong the winds blow there if you listen to the music."

I wonder if, given their comments about the conservative attitudes to music prevalent in Greece, and thinking of the similar experiences of artists from other countries, they might have to achieve success abroad to make audiences at home really sit up and take notice.

This feature first appeared in fRoots 237, March 2003


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