Manolis Rassoulis, one of the most popular musicsmiths and  performers of modern Greece was found dead in his apartment in Thessaloniki where he lived for the last 20 years.

A deeply political being, he left Greece during the dictatorship and on his return he performed for some of the greatest composers and wrote lyrics for them. When he started writing his own music and lyrics was the time he was recognized by the people as “one of us”. Lyrics that at first did not make sense touched the Greeks to the heart and his music seems to tickle your toes for a zembekiko. He had no taboos about music – his songs ranged from the political to the comic and were always entertaining.

We shall miss his honest approach at a time when we have to choose between the profane and the pompous.