28 MARCH 2019 / Kounadis Archive – Notes on Rebetiko History



What does rebetiko mean? Songs of people who wander around aimlessly, who are dreamers.” Panagiotis Kounadis, a true aficionado of the genre, shares stories of rebetiko with us while guiding us through the treasures contained in his rich collection of rebetiko music, documents, and instruments.

With support from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation’s (SNF), all these hidden treasures will come to light, since very soon they will be available through the virtual museum of the Kounadis Archive. 

The project is made possible with support from the University of the Aegean, specifically the Department Product and Systems Design Engineering in Syros. The Kounadis Archive is one of the best organized urban folk music archives of the period between 1900 and 1960. It was founded in 2017 and comprises one of the richest collections of rebetiko songs and documents, capturing the evolution of the times in music composition both in Greece and abroad.