Music will be proven to be the international language, yet again, as talented young musicians
from Greece and South Africa, collaborate to join their musical forces to uplift and unite.
South African Hellenes and Greek music students, who have been honing their skills, playing
traditional Greek music and instruments for years, have followed the call of the music, to
collaborate and send a message of togetherness and strength to the world.
The orchestrators of this initiative are En Xordo, in Patra, Greece and its director, Maestro
Theodoros Georgopoulos, in collaboration with the Hellenic Federation of South Africa. The
vision is for the famous theme song called Zeimbekiko tis Evdokias, to travel the world with its
message of strength and passion, to inspire others to come together, but also for the talented
musicians themselves, to feel more connected in this time of isolation.
The newly orchestrated Zeimbekiko tis Evdokias, will have the traditional bouzouki as its
centerpiece, but also other musical instruments, amongst which, will be the traditional zither (or
“santouri”, as it is known in Greek).
With technology as the global stage, the young musicians
from Greece and South Africa will play the famous
Zeimbekiko, in a mini production that will bring together
cultures and nations. As the music plays, it will be evident
that we are all interconnected and that together we can
emerge stronger through difficult circumstances.
The viewer will hear the voice of music itself introducing the
video, as Penny Georgopoulou plays the santouri:
“I am a melody born on the turquoise waves of the Mediterranean,
A rhythm from the heart of Greece…
I am a strength born of South African soil,
A coming together of nations…
I am the symphony that surrounds your senses,
A power that stirs your soul…
I am the beauty of the human spirit,
A love that grows in all…
I… in all my magnanimous glory…am music!”
A great deal of behind-the-scenes work is ongoing with much
excitement as its fuel. The video is set to be released next week.
Zeimbekiko tis Eudokias
One of the most famous instrumental themes
in Greek music, Zeimbekiko tis Eudokias was
written by Manos Loizos in 1971, for the
movie, Evdokia by Alexis Damianos. In the
movie, this theme was danced to by a young
soldier in a tavern.
The music and dance Zeibekiko tis Evdokias
is an expression of the Greek core values, of
love, passion, freedom and pride.