TRADITIONAL DANCE AND MUSIC IN ZAKYNTHOS
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Greek traditional folk music includes various styles. Apart from the common music found all around Greece, there are distinct types of folk music, sometimes related to the history or simply the taste of the specific places.
Kandathes, Kantadhes are very often performed by three male singers accompanied by mandolin or guitar in Zakynthos.
These romantic songs developed mainly in Kefallonia in the early 19th century. Kandathes spread throughout Greece after the liberation of Greece. An Athenian form of Kandathes arose, accompanied by violin, clarinet and laouto. However, the style is accepted as uniquely Ionian.
The island of Zante has a diverse musical history. Strong influences from Venice, Crete and elsewhere have permeated the local song of Zakynthos. A mandolin is usually accompanied by guitar when the Kandathes are sung in Zakynthos. Mandolins are musical instrument in the lute family and they are either plucked, or strummed. Mandolins descend from the mandore, a soprano member of the lute family.
Every song in Zakynthos has its own important place in the history of the island of Zante, especially the Kandathes, which can be heard in evening seranades, and at certain traditional tavernas while you are ion holiday in Zakynthos.
In Zakynthos all social events involving the local people of Zakynthos include dance and song. Weddings, baptisms, name days, festivals and carnivals - all celebrations include dance and song in which all ages participate.
The most common dance in Zante is the Sirtos. The Sirtos is danced
with a lively rhythm, with accompaniment of musical instruments such as
the tambourine, violin, guitar or accordion. Every village in Zakynthos
has their own version of the Sirtos.
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