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Nisiotika

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Related areasCyprus, Pontus, Constantinople, South Italy
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Nisiotika (Greek: νησιώτικα, meaning "insular (songs)") are the songs and dances of Greek islands with a variety of styles, played by ethnic Greeks in Greece, Cyprus, Australia, the United States and elsewhere.

The lyre is the dominant folk instrument along with the laouto, violin, askomandoura, bouzouki with widely varying Greek characteristics.

Representative musicians and performers of Nisiotika include: Mariza Koch, credited with reviving the field in the 1970s, Yiannis Parios, Domna Samiou and the Konitopouloi family (Giorgos and Vangelis Konitopoulos, Eirini, Nasia and Stella Konitopoulou).

There are also prominent elements of Cretan music on the Dodecanese Islands and Cyclades.

Folk dances

The Aegean Islands have a folk dance tradition which comes from the dances of ancient Greece. For example; syrtos, sousta and ballos.

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