|Producers:||Sirocco Productions and Cinephil|
|Length:||17 x 50′|
France has Edith Piaf, America has Bessie Smith, Cape Verde has Cesaria Evaroa and Greece has Mario." This was how Mario was described recently after a successful concert tour in Europe. One of the most popular authentic Greek singers throughout the continent, she was born in the town of Thessalonika, where she still lives today. Her style is typical of the rembetiko singers of that city who are closer than anyone to the roots of the genre. In her signature style, the kovoloi, a medley of rhyming prayers, her tallent is unmatched anywhere. The show takes place at Tu Privoli Theorno (The Garden of Eden), a lively nightclub in Athens's ancient Plaka Quarter. It is a well-established institution in the city frequented by prime ministers and politicians, as well as musicians and intellectuals. Mario is flanked by top-knotch musicians, headed by Dimitris Livanos, possibly the best bouzouki player in Greece today. During the show he displays his skills with a number of intricate solo performances. It is a lively audience, quick to get up and dance to such rhythmic songs as "The Evening is Heavy" by Mitzakis, or "Where Will I Find a Woman Like You" by Tzitzanis. The high point of the evening though is Mario's moving rendition of two slow songs as her finale: "The Girl from Egypt" (made famous by the film Pulp Fiction), and "A Sad Song at Dawn," which is also the theme song of a popular Greek television series, "Tu Minores Tozabegi."Deka Adoulas 2 (Episode 8)
Teodorus Polikandriotis is one of the last great performers of rebetiko to be seen in nightclubs today. He may be seventy-eight years old, but in rebetiko there is no such thing as retirement. They appear on stage as long as their legs still carry them and they can still sing. People refer to them as Megala Dascala, or great teachers. This is especially true of Teodorus Polikandriotis, for whom the title is also used to distinguish him from his son Thanasis Polikandriotis, one of Greece's most successful composers and the head of a prestigious music school specializing in bouzouki playing. Over four hundred of his songs have been recorded by various artists. With a unique voice, Polikandriotis sings the best of the old rebetiko standards including many songs that were once banned because they dealt with sex and drugs. His show includes such hits as "The Laws," best known for a rendition by Yorgo Dalaras, and "The Mountain" by Yorgo's father, Lukas Daralas. (It is no spelling mistake: Yorgo changed his name from Daralas to Dalaras to protest his father abandoning him when Yorgo was a boy.) The Dekka Adollas club is located on Xarnas Street in Athens, an area filled with commercial nightclubs. Its name means "The Ten Commandments."