Alkaios in Eurovision: OPA! I am speechless!


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Giorgos Alkaios & Friends will perform their OPA!*** in Oslo tonight. The Telenor Arena will open for the first Semi-Final of the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.

This morning I watched the OPA-Video for the first time.

I started with Alkaios & Friends performing at the national Greek contest, wearing black. Dark men, slightly overweight, jumping around. Oh, Oh, I have a cultural gap! Are they from Crete or from Pontus?

The music?  A mixture of Greek, Balkan and Arabesque with a touch of outer space LEDs drums.

The lyrics? Prophetic and inspiring for the debt-driven Greeks!

Promising Alkaios sings : “I paid what I owed and borrowed”. Here is my turn to shout OOOOPA!”

Accidentally I came upon an OPA- video-parody by Alexisger with Karagiozis (turk. Karagöz), the famous shadow-theater hero, who had been extensively using Opa! at his performances.

Finally I watched Alkaios & Friends rehearsing in Oslo, dressed in white. Not bad at all to leave outside the Oslo Arena the wild-macho, Greek-lover elements and come an idea closer to cool & purist, athletic , kind of  North-European IKEA style. This I liked much, much better! Style & Perfomance were better, music & lyrics remained the same…

***What is an OPA?

Grammatically an interjection or exclamation the two vowels-one consonant “OPA” is used by Greeks to express emotions. It’s a kind of “verbal emoticon”, so to say…

Dancing Greeks articulate “OPA!” in order to express content, confirmation and rewarding.  The interjection has then a similar meaning to English “Yeah!

Non-dancing Greeks say “Opa!” either to express surprise or even imperatively to say to someone “Hold on!”

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