from Oannes * tribute to our Anniversary of the “No”
Today we celebrate the Anniversary of the “No”, in Greece, commemorating the rejection by Greek Prime Minister Ioannis Metaxas of the ultimatum✻ made by Italian dictator Benito Mussolini on 28 October 1940, the Hellenic counterattack against the invading Italian forces at the mountains of Pindus during the Greco-Italian War, and the Greek Resistance during the Axis occupation.
✻ This ultimatum, which was presented to Metaxas by the Italian ambassador to Greece, Emanuele Grazzi, shortly after 03:00 am on 28 October 1940, demanded Greece allow Axis forces to enter Greek territory and occupy certain unspecified “strategic locations” or otherwise face war. It was allegedly answered with a single laconic word: όχι (No!). However, his actual reply was, “Alors, c’est la guerre!” (Then it is war!).
Θα ακούσουμε μουσική που γράφτηκε / κυκλοφόρησε την αποφράδα χρονιά του 1940, αρχής γενομένης με τον μέγιστο των Ελλήνων τραγουδοποιών, Βασίλη Τσιτσάνη.
“Δώδεκα Η Ώρα”, με τη φωνή του Στράτου Παγιουμτζή.
We will hear some some music written / released on the year of the Italian invasion of Greece, 1940. Starting with the greatest of the Greek songwriters, Vassilis Tsitsanis.
“Twelve O’ Clock”, performed by Stratos Payoumtzis.
As always, I’m happy to hear your thoughts, however I’d highly recommend a direct dialogue with the …’source’ [why comments are closed here], so please visit Oannes’ page where you can also listen to the song !
* For my friends who didn’t know, or first timers here, Oannes [aka Socratis Papahatzis] is my husband, partner in life and music and the one with my undying admiration. Together we have a band MK-O [the music of Marina Kanavaki & Oannes]. So, it’s my pleasure to share with you his [and sometimes mine] musical selections. • Do visit his site. He has my highest recommendation!