"Kleftika", means kleft-songs. "Kleft"
means thief, and refers to the brave men that lived in the mountains during
the Ottoman occupation, fighting their oppressors.
These songs originate from Parnassos, the south Peloponnese and Pindos and
were youthful ones about fighting back, bravity, the klefts lonlieness and
the solitude of shepherds.
To this day, just as then, the songs are sung "kathista", sitting
around a table and they have certain rules:
Each musical turn represents a textline and
The beginning of the second textline is thus repeated twice
eg. "The young lad was yearning freedom,
and he said
and he said, let's get together"
Meaningless sounds and consonants are added in the lyrics
eg. lelele, dididamdamdididididam