Being a Cypriot

Musician Demetris Yiasemides shares on what it is to be a Cypriot

Although Cyprus is a tiny island, there is a lot of political turmoil going on for  the last 40- 50 years. The situation has a deep impact on people’s lives as well as the culture and music of the region. The music is structured in such a way to bring people to dialogue and unify the people of the island. Cyprus primarily
has 2 communities- the Greeks and the Turkish. They are separated by a green line where only the UN can intervene. There was no interaction between the 2 communities till 2004. Although it has opened up a bit in the last 10 years with people travelling to different regions. There have been lots of collaborative
efforts which have brought both the communities into discussion. The music is carefully composed to include the sentiments of both communities and stand for what is Cypriot. We band mates are great friends. It was a journey for all us to our roots and search for traditional tunes. We have then improvised
and come up with our own compositions.

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