Presentation of Polyphonic Song

Presentation οf Polyphonic Song

 …From the old years until our days and especially during periods of feasts and festivals, the residents were gathering n order to have fun with bands. Thus there was developed, mostly in Pogdoriani region, a significant number of musicians that, in the course of time, were developed as the most important instrumentalists of the wider region between Pogoni and Zagori. The majority of instrumentalists emanate from families of gypsies that were installed in the wider region, from other villages between 1915-1925; instrumentalists were progressively professionally occupied with music, establishing particularly Parakalamos in the wider Epirus, as a source of popular instrumentalists. Moreover, farmers of the plain, at the appropriate time, were singing during rural work in maize gathering, in the loom, etc. In this way they managed to preserve these peculiar songs of the region until nowadays. The way they sang was a form of polyphonic song that differs from neighboring regions and was distinguished by the predominance and the sovereign role of “partis”, i.e. the taker, who began the singing. The role of the rest in the band was focused on strengthening the primary singer by singing the song’s verses. “Mpasimo” (entering) of the rest in the song was taking place, most times, after the three – four first initial syllables of each verse.

#28 My little Leni




My little Leni, your husband, they’re going to hang him

[I implore you] On your faith George, run to save him

If I save him Leni, what will you offer me?

In May, when you’ll go [hunting] for partridges, I’ll come along

I’ll drag your gun and your golden arms

My Leni, if we go hungry what bread will we eat?

The salive from your mouth and the one from mine,

Will be the warm bread that we’ll eat

My Leni, if we go thirsty what water will we drink?

Your tears, my tears they will be cool water that we will drink

My Leni, if we feel cold with that will we cover ourselves?

Your breath, my breath they will be [our warm blanket] to cover ourselves



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