Music

Drinking, dancing, and brothel poetry

Madeline Blount
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There are many kinds of music to sample in Cyprus, from traditional goat-herder bagpipes to Turkish club music (impossible not to dance to). In the Greek-speaking South, don't miss a rembetiko club. Get some zivania or raki (local firewater), and listen to the live band play the bouzouki, a Greek string instrument, as they sing laments about the old hashish dens and the fallen women of Piraeus in Athens. If the crowd gets tipsy enough, people will circle around a glass of whiskey balanced on top of a whiskey bottle, trying to dance over it without spilling. The bluesy music will last until morning. Opa!

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