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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 14 September 2019
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 14 SEPTEMBER 2019 9 OBITUARY Remembering Lavrentis Mahairitsas One of Greece’s most prolific Alt-Rock music personalities Lavrentis Machairitsas, one of the most acclaimed Greek songwriters and performers died in his sleep at his holiday house at Pteleo in Magnesia on Monday, at the age of 62. He was rushed to Volos General Hospital, but he could not be revived. Hundreds gathered at Zogra- fou cemetery on Wednesday, where he was buried. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and his wife, Mareva, were present as well as friends and colleagues of the singer, such as George and Anna Dalaras, Vasilis Papakonstantinou, Eleni Randou, Yiannis Kotsiras, Vassia Trifili and many more from the world of show business. Mahairitsas will always be remembered as a controversial alternativerock artist, who declared his dislike for rules and lack of originality from an early age. As a young student he fell into disagreements with his teachers and after a heated argument he was expelled from all high schools in Greece. His first job was at a record store, from where he was fired because of his lack of punctuality. He went through countless jobs until he was called to serve in the army.Once released from conscription duty, he sang with Panos Tzabelas and a band called Syntrofia. At the age of 20, together with Pavlos Kirkilis (Paul), Takis Bassalakis (Jimmy), and Antonis Mitzelos they formed a band called PLJ and moved to Paris where they released their first album Armageddon, produced by Giannis Doulamis, and PolyGram records back in 1982. For the second album, the outfit changed its name to Termites and started singing in Greek, finally releasing their third album in 1984, a work that brought them into the spotlight. In 1986 the band released their fourth album, with the fifth and most successful, 'Perimenontas Tin Vrochi' out in 1988. That was also their last album as a group. Mahairitsas started his solo Vale Tasos Galanis, the “voice” of Greek Radio Tasos Galanis will be missed by the Greek Australian community. Lavrentis Mahairitsas. career in 1989 releasing his first album 'O Magapas Kai I Sagapo' by Minos-EMI. In 1991 his second record, 'Didimoticho Blues', which was certified Gold. Since then the now classic hits 'Matia Dihos Logiki', 'Ela Psihoula Mou' and 'O Egokentrikos'. "I write music according to the lyrics I choose to deal with and the feelings they cause What remains in the end? If you have five friends and five songs that will last over tiem, you are successful. I like what I was served from the pie I got, and I am pleased and happy that there is space in the mind and soul of some people to hear my songs and love them. “ there was the iconic 'Rixe Kokkino Stin Nichta' in 1993; 'Parathyra Pou Kourase I Thea' in 1995; in 1996, 'Pafsilypon'; in 1999 'Etsi Drapetevo Ap' Tis Parees', and in 2001 the very successful 'To Dialeimma Krataei Dyo Zoes', which included me," he said in 1978. "I don't write verses myself. The purpose of music is to entertain, to calm, to trouble, to have a little bit of everything. A topic that interests me is love as an impulse, as a stream that comes from inside. A beauti- about unfulfilled love. I can't write about a successful love." Mahairitsas was also a very political person, using his celebrity and his art to raise awareness about different issues, usually through the prism of leftist ideology, ful love, even if it failed gives you courage, acts as amphetamine, enabling you to deal with everything. Usually my songs referred to social and political matters and talk though he had stopped voting since 1990 as he believed that none of the existing parties in Greece expressed his views. "Thirty years ago and more we had the hope of Marxism, we had the hope of an alternative and we had dreams. May '68, Woodstock, free love. Everything collapses. Rock was a kind of a way out … a revolution … and many in our profession exploited it and earned billions…" he said a while back. “What remains in the end? If you have five friends and five songs that will last over tiem, you are successful. I like what I was served from the pie I got, and I am pleased and happy that there is space in the mind and soul of some people to hear my songs and love them. Tasos Galanis, beloved Greek Australian DJ and radio presenter, passed away on Thursday. News of his death saddened the Greek community that had come to know Tasos from his uplifting personality and success on the airwaves, bringing joy to the diaspora with his music choices and larger-than-life personality. Born in Vlochos, Karditsa. He left his village, aged 14, due to the difficult financial situation at the time. He came to Australia, while still a teenager, and married his beloved Rita. He worked in factories, and even as an ice cream man, taking on a number of jobs to support his family. He first began his radio career at ΗΧΩ FM a quarter of a century ago and went on to work at other stations, including 3XY. He particularly enjoyed playing music that entertained his listeners. He had a faithful audience and a number of die-hard fans, who would call to seek music requests or just express an opinion or have a chat. Neos Kosmos would like to express our deepest condolences to his family and friends.
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