Join Anthea Sidiropoulos, Irini Vella and the all female rebetiko quartet, San Mayemennes, from Greece, as they pay Tribute to the Women of Rebetika.

Their one-off performance pays homage to some of the best female artist of that era including Roza Eskenazi, Rita Abatzi, Marika Ninou and Sotiria Bellou.

This emotionally charged show reflects the struggles of displacement and songs that were written at the peak of the Rebetika era.

The expulsion of Greeks from Istanbul (Constantinople), Asia Minor (Smyrna) and the Black Sea (Pontos) from 1915-1922, resulting in millions of refugees, pouring onto the European mainland and into the heart of Athens where Rebetika music began to flourish.

This passion and spirit of survival likens itself to the similar plight of many emerging and refugee background communities who have settled in Melbourne, having lost their beloved homeland and who have fled persecution.

This event promises a cultural infusion of music and female voices performing songs embellished with traditional instruments including bouzouki, laouto (lute), guitar, baklama, violin and accordion.

Sunday 5th July 2009, 7pm

Melbourne Town Hall

$50 Adults, $30 Concession

For bookings please Email or call (03) 9817 3882.