GREECE – This morning although everyone was shocked by the death of the famous rapper Mad Clip, another death shook the entire country. The legend of Greek music, the top of musical creation in the country and abroad, Mikis Theodorakis died aged 96.
Greek veteran composer and political activist Mikis Theodorakis, who was instrumental in raising global awareness of Greece’s plight during the 1967-74 military dictatorship, has died at the age of 96.
His work ranges from rousing songs based on major Greek poetic works, many of which remain left-wing anthems for decades, to symphonies and film scores.
He composed perhaps the most recognizable Greek music internationally, the syrtaki from the film “Zorba the Greek” (1964), while his songs were performed by famous artists, such as The Beatles, Shirley Bassey, and Edith Piaf. He composed the scores in films such as “Z” (1969), which won the BAFTA Prize for original music, “Phaedra” (1962), which included songs with lyrics by Nikos Gatsos, and “Serpico” (1973), for which he was nominated for a Grammy in 1975 (he claimed the same award for his music “Zorba the Greek” in 1966).
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In later years, he was repeatedly hospitalized due to health problems and in 2019 underwent heart surgery to place a pacemaker.
The Greek prime minister issued nationwide three-day mourning for Mikis.