George Dalaras

George Dalaras

For many, he embodies the Greek sound: meet the singer who has made rembetiko music his own, and whose repertoire also includes Greek folk music and Latin American elements.

Rembetiko, also known as the Greek blues, came to prominence at the same time as jazz. George Dalaras, himself the son of a well-known rembetiko artist, was one of the genre’s innovators.

In 1974, Dalaras worked with the legendary Mikis Theodorakis for the first time. The following year, he released his album 50 Years of Rembetiko.

With his exceptional voice and instrumental skills, the musician and singer has always been at the forefront of innovation in contemporary Greek music.

At home, he began performing in public at the age of 16. But his popularity goes well beyond Greece, and Dalaras has released more than 85 solo albums, sold more than 20 million albums, toured all over the world and collaborated with artists including Sting, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Paco de Lucía and Al Di Meola.

Dalaras was named as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador in October 2006 and has since visited refugees in Africa and shown solidarity with asylum seekers and refugees in Greece.

The concert in Royal Festival Hall features his acoustic band, demonstrating the talents and history of this great Greek singer.