Rebetiko is a word that denotes in effect a genuine social and musical tendency of a subculture, towards the end of the 19th century in Greece. Illegal in many aspects but very popular, it left its musical imprint via the phonograph and 45 rpm records. In a way it is related to the blues, to flamenco, tango and jazz.
Rebetico was urban music which blossomed in urban centers and influenced city people. Not immune to its influence, the painter Sotos went so far as to learn music, to play the bouzouki and sing in small music bands. Thus he experienced in his own skin his paintings, which between 2000 and 2004, with the title Rebetiko, were exhibited in museums and art galleries in Thessaloniki.
Check out this video with Thanassis Valavanis and friends, at Sotos's gallery, here.