An Ionian serenade

Greek popular music owes much of its inspiration to folk songs of the Ionian islands, which were never ruled by the Ottoman Empire and therefore didn’t adopt Ottoman melodies and rhythms. Ionian music from the 19th century known as the Heptanesean kantádhes, or “serenades,” are based upon Italian popular songs and are usually performed by three singers, at least one of which plays a mandolin or guitar. In this video, enjoy an Ionian serenade from the island of Zakynthos.