Aegean Islands


Aegean Islands: Formally annexed to Greece in 1948; under Italian rule 1923-1944, then British 1944-1947. Except for Rhodes and Kos the Dodecanese (literally "twelve islands") have remained isolated by distance and therefore relatively unchanged. They are mostly barren and their people live from the sea. Men of Kalymnos still make annual voyages of several months to the North African coastal waters to dive for sponges. Dodecanese music is characterized by a particular plaintiveness. It has been influenced by the Cretans who immigrated, fleeing the Turks.

Dances:

Ballos:
Ikariotikos:
Issios:
Vlahas:
Mihanikos:
Tsirigotikos:
Pidihtos:
Zagarakia:
Sousta Simis: