In our effort to promote Pontian musical tradition, we present the recording “T ‘Omatia s΄Matozinicha” (Your eyes like glass beads).This CD was released in 2006 by Smile of Thessaloniki, and perhaps may be the only recording of Pontian music by this company. Dimitris Kotsoglanidis from Agios Dimitrios Kozani performs vocals, and Nikos Kottaridis from Ryakio Kozani plays Pontian lyra, together creating their first official recording.
The songs have a pure Pontian sound since they are written by the one and only Giorgos Amarantidis (Shimoults) who generously gave them 12 songs. Throughout the recording, Giorgos Amarantidis was present in the studio to listen, advise and even accompany the artists on one song, something that is not usually done by songwriters. The presence and guidance of the radio producer Stelios Ioannidis was also very significant.
In the first song “Kaneis mi terei aten” (May no one look at her), Dimitris Kotsoglanidis and Giorgos Amarantidis sang together. In the song “Eid ‘atenan” (I saw her), the music is written by Dimitris Kotsoglanidis. In the song “Ti sevtian anathema” (May love be cursed), the music is written by Nikos Kottaridis. In the songs “Onerta htizo” and “Moiroloi”, Giorgos Siamidis plays aggeion and flogera (respectively) and adds a pleasant touch in this recording. Anastasios Kottaridis plays daouli in all the songs.
We read in the disc insert:
“The musical work you hold in your hands is a toil of our soul. It is our first appearance in the recording field. We were born and raised in two purely Pontian villages, a fact that had a great impact on our musical upbringing which began at an early age. In our need to externalize our musical concerns but also to try to contribute to what is very importantly called “the continuation of tradition”, these reasons led us to our first recording. With mature lyrics and original music and instruments, we tried to stay close to the Pontian idea that our parents passed on to us, away from the modern fashion of our present days, which we believe is primarily aimed at “selling” music at any cost. It is our wish to preserve tradition which we hold as precious and to build it as much as possible.”
We cordially thank Mr. Dimitris Kotsoglanidis for the precious information he gave us regarding this recording.