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I know this song from the American jazz singers, hence the Noel in the title. Only after researching its origins, I discovered that Nowell is the proper Cornish spelling – which in turn comes from the French word Noël, which has its roots in the the Latin word 'Natalis', meaning 'birthday'. The combination of Greek baglamas and a soft keyboard does all the trick here. The rhythm that subtly rumbles behind is a Greek Zeimbekiko (9/8). True inspiration shows itself in the simple melodies that last through the centuries. The First Nowell is one of these melodies.


from My Greek Christmas Album, released October 16, 2011
English Carol


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Viktor Mastoridis London, UK

At the moment working on a new album with a London-based band Valkania.
Musical influences: started with Blues (Eric Clapton, Peter Green), then Classic & Prog Rock (Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Queen, Yes), moved to Hip-Hop, discovered Balkan Folk (Greek & Macedonian); involved in Children's Educational music...
Settled with Balkan World Music: a Fusion of all the music experiences so far.
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