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DERVISI Greek Gangsta Blues featuring Barba Yiorgi from Annabouboula

December 11, 2014 | Uncategorized | Permalink

DERVISI come back to TROOST Greenpoint Brooklyn THIS THURSDAY  Dec. 11

Exotic Greek Gangsta Blues and PunkRembetika… with George Barba Yiorgi, Homeboy Steve “Spiti-pethi Stelio” Antonakos, Thanassi “Ethan D” Dervisi
Thursday December 11 8:30pm-10:30pm At Greenpoint’s coolest watering hole (right up the street from the Greenpoint Ave. G stop!)
TROOST 1011 Manhattan Avenue (between Huron and Green) Greenpoint, Brooklyn NY 11222

“the awesomely dark and mysterious songs and dances of the old-time Greek Rembetika underworld, originally performed by the hashish clans, gangsters and pimps of a now vanished Mediterranean subculture and the Greek bouzouki songwriters who mythologized it… ”
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DERVISI Including Annabouboula members performing Exotic Greek Gangsta Blues

May 14, 2014 | Uncategorized | Permalink

Annabouboula continues to follow the melismatic perambulations of those Bad Boys of neo-Rembetica, The Byzan-Tones’ acoustic spin-off act DERVISI. Their next outing will be TONIGHT (Thursday May 15) at the cozy coffee bar Espresso 77  located at35-57 77th Street (just off of 37th Avenue)  (74th-Broadway stop on the 7 train) in Jackson Heights, Queens. DERVISI are REPRESENTING the spirit of Old Piraeus with a style they call Punk Rembetic. They are George Barba Yiorgi on tzura, guitar and vocals,  Stelios “SpitiPethi” (Homeboy Steve) Antonakos on guitar and Thanassi Donaldson on baghlama and percussion.  Barba Yiorgi is a co-founder/musical director of Annabouboula; Thanassi (aka Ethan) D. played drums and engineered crucial tracks on the last Annabouboula release “Greek Fire”; and  Homeboy Stelio, (apart from his parallel life as an in-demand American roots-rock guitarist/songwriter) spent many years performing with New York City’s premiere Greek party band, Magges (a band inspired by the legendary Trio Bel Canto). A frequent guest performer with DERVISI is longtime Annabouboula collaborator, clarinetist Big George Stathos… We’ll be updating you with their latest exploits as they try to evade Officer Bairaktaris and other party-poopers, in their quest for Peace, Love, Odd meters and fragrant herbal remedies.

March 15, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

George Barba Yiorgi of Annabouboula playing acoustic Greek music in New York City next week:





Featuring members of THE BYZAN-TONES and QUE VLO-VE

THURSDAY March 21, 2013  9 PM at ESPRESSO 77:

35-57 77th Street, JACKSON HEIGHTS, QUEENS


BY REQUEST: The English translation for “I’m Not A Little Girl”

February 10, 2013 | Uncategorized | Permalink

(Δεν Είμαι Κοριτσάκι) from the LP “Hamam” and CD “In The Baths Of Constantinople” available on iTunes etc.

Hey you’re drooling and winking your eye
And with some clever trick
You throw your “harpoon” *
You’re constantly trying to get me to date you,
Don’t you know you’re just giving me a chance to shake you off
Go drink your coca-cola to cool off your “mood”-
I’m not a little girl,
So sorry, my retarded little man.

You keep insisting, and push like a Mack truck,
Well now check how I’ve deflated it – I’m not playing your game.
You tell me you respect me, and how well you’ll suit my needs,
But by now I’ve figured out exactly what you have in mind.
Go drink your coca-cola to cool off your “mood”-
I’m not a little girl,
I’m sorry, my retarded little man.

(Sampled Greek Radio voices:
Politician: Parakalo![“I beseech you-“] Village Housewife: “You were born a knuckle-head, and you’ll die a knuckle-head”
Priest: “How shall this thing come about?”…etc.)

Well my bean-eating little manga **, come now, please; this “ship of love” has sunk as well,
Don’t beat that horse if it’s already dead-
That’s what we say in my village.
Go drink your coca-cola to cool off your “mood”-
I’m not a little girl,
I’m sorry, my retarded little man.
Slow that motorbike *** down-
I’m sorry, my retarded little man.

*”harpoon”- pun on the slang word for an annoying pick-up artist (“kamaki”)
** manga – tough guy, or something between a “regular Joe” and a wannabe-gangster.
*** motorbike (“mihanaki”) – in the mid-80s when this song was written, this was the principle means of transport for every Greek male between the ages of 12 and 35.


December 1, 2012 | Uncategorized | Permalink

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