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By Haji Mike
regular vernacular insights with Haji Mike
Where to listen
Monoux - High School
Memories of an oppressive school going through its own schizophrenic identity phase.
August 9, 2020
MIDEM late 1990s
I went to MIDEM once in the late 1990s. This is the annual music gathering in Cannes, France and was full of coincidences for me.
August 8, 2020
Nana & Kojak
2 important parts of our ethnic 60s and 70s TV diet...
August 7, 2020
A few thoughts on the most famous book on Cyprus by Lawrence Durrell.
August 6, 2020
A Diblokambino called Sotiroulla
My truck Sotiroulla is a double cabin and a saviour.
August 5, 2020
My life long love for a worldwide music that started in Jamaica...
August 4, 2020
A place deep in the heart of Nicosia old that I love to play at and some thoughts on people and places that just don't understand Reggae.
August 3, 2020
One of my life long passions...Radio...
August 2, 2020
A very special place in Gialia. A musician's utopia.
August 1, 2020
The day Bob Marley died...
11th May 1981 is a sad day for music worldwide. The day Bob Marley died, I heard the news on a sound system at Essex University.
July 31, 2020
To Skodomeno - a first encounter with a Skoda Coupe
Around 1975 my brother George got a Skoda Coupe. Taking it for a first spin, excuse the pun, the rest as they say is history...
July 30, 2020
Chippy Riot in Liverpool
Living through a riot in a chippy, Liverpool 1981.
July 29, 2020
Jeff Trump and Riders
Riders are those things bands get before gigs. The more famous a band is the more elaborate the rider. Jeff Trump my drummer brother from San Francisco is an imaginative rider architect!
July 28, 2020
Names...such important things...
Names mean so much to us...we carry them for life...
July 27, 2020
Early 90s I interviewed Shaggy 3 times. Entertaining, clever and a total prankster!
July 26, 2020
The man who called me John...
Collecting records from age 14 I encountered a man in a shop who constantly called me John.
July 25, 2020
Don't DJ when intoxicated on Tsipouro
A powerful drink from Greece once taught me a simple lesson in life...Don't DJ when drunk!
July 24, 2020
My take on gigs that might go wrong...
July 23, 2020
My Saturdays....Greek School
July 22, 2020
Sean Connery Ithaka
Teaching Ithaka by Kavafy as told by Sean Connery...
July 21, 2020
20th July 1974 Invasion
The sirens wail again...
July 20, 2020
Things that make you go mmmm during gigs
A collection of mini chioftes on things that happened during gigs in Cyprus.
July 19, 2020
Piracy in Cyprus
The illegal industry in Cyprus that affected many musical careers.
July 18, 2020
Imiz & The Haji
On matters and encounters of the Imiskoumbrian kind...
July 17, 2020
Zorbas & Punishment
My first case of inclass punishment - the crime - knowing how to dance Zorbas!
July 16, 2020
15th July 1974 Military Coup
The Military Coup in Cyprus 15th July 1974 changed the course of history.
July 15, 2020
The case of the alleged "stolen" Vrajes
Kantonas ,Vrajes and a close shave with the law in Chingford.
July 14, 2020
Sugar on Radio in Cyprus
Sugar's only live radio interview in Cyprus in 1997 started off with an eruption of laughter...
July 13, 2020
Good deeds always bring good vibes...
July 12, 2020
The notorious 9/8 rhythm that some cannot grasp.
July 11, 2020
My love for Sociology goes back to school and accidentally misprounouncing the word in Greek has become a Poumbouris family urban folk myth.
July 10, 2020
A painful story of infidelity, Maro-Maria, a song from my 2nd LP Aphrodite's Dream' and how the video clip got banned.
July 9, 2020
DJ Marios Avraam...Vintaaage Chakkos
A great friend, DJ and supporter of my work since 1988.
July 8, 2020
A man called Skev - coincidences galore
I have known him since I was 12. Our friendship is like duracel batteries, it just goes on and on....
July 7, 2020
Learning things the hard way
London was very different from Marathovouno and some things had to be learned the hard way...
July 6, 2020
The first day at school
The first day at school in Walthamstow was all about eyes...
July 5, 2020
Mr and Mrs Meade
The neighbours who took care of me and taught me so much.
July 4, 2020
The journey and arriving in London
The flight from Cyprus to London via Athens, at the age of 4 was traumatic.
July 3, 2020
The letter, Shenkou and the swallows
The letter that changed the entire course of my life.
July 2, 2020
My grandfather Poumbouris and my love for travel
Travel is a very important part of my life which is thanks to my grandfather Poumbouris.
July 1, 2020
A day in Peladousa
A visit to film maker Panicos Chrysanthou in Peladousa turned out to be a real cliffhanger.
June 30, 2020
I love Paphos
Paphos is where it all began for me in Cyprus. I had an amazing time there in the summer of 1993. Lesson 1 was also learned...never cross a Paphian...
June 29, 2020
Chris The Black Rembeti
An encounter on a 29 bus with a Haringey Urban Legend.
June 28, 2020
Weddings UK Part 3 - Bands, the legends, the lame and the lousy
Bands played a big role in the Wedding business in the UK.
June 27, 2020
Weddings UK Part 2 - Brox On The Box
Brox Broxenia the archaic practice of matchmaking caught on camera.
June 26, 2020
Weddings UK - part 1 videos and bloumisha
The arrival of video cameras as weddings meant everyone had a recird about bloumisha
June 25, 2020
Vote with your money
judging people by how they talk or look has consequences
June 24, 2020
Kochinis Walthamstow Market
Every Saturday my mum had a routine, shopping the length of Walthamstow Market.
June 23, 2020
CyBC Radio 2 - what's that smell?
My lowest experience in Radio...
June 22, 2020
Papoutsosiko - The Prickly Pear Jerk Dance
A customer picks the wrong fruit to steal from a Bakaliko in Dalston 1977.
June 21, 2020
Cyprus Cyprus everywhere
Traveling the world you come across places and people with a Cyprus connection.
June 20, 2020
Who is Stavroulla?
A true and harrowing chiofta on the writing of 'Stavroulla'.
June 19, 2020
Wrestling - Big Daddy versus Milos
My mum loved wrestling and my dad's cousin Milos, became a wrestler from the 1930s in England.
June 18, 2020
Toppouzos & Kantonas
Toppouzos & Kantonas - friends for life. Early experiences of improvisation on stage...
June 17, 2020
Sugar's Uncle Paroutis Chiofta
Cypriots have some characteristic names and ways of reacting when they are innocent in a car crash.
June 16, 2020
The Constantia Brothers and Maria - breaking glass
An escapadecon teaching traditional Cypriot dancing.
June 15, 2020
Chico Gig 2006
A gig in the middle of nowhere in Chico - what goes around comes around.
June 14, 2020
Miki - The Zones
The dread task of doing the zones.
June 13, 2020
I was a waiter...once..for just 1 night..
My 'Fawlty Towers' moment as a waiter in 1982.
June 12, 2020
A concerned Standout Selector in Napa
A tale of mispronounciation that could have led to an international incident!
June 11, 2020
The 'solution' - wise insights from my father
A ten year old in a shoe factory in London Lane, Hackney E.8
June 10, 2020
Minas the 'bald' bouzouki player
When hair or lack of it becomes a criteria for playing bouzouki.
June 9, 2020
Haji Perry orders a coffee
Haji can order a coffee at a wedding...but can Perry, his older brother, do the same?
June 8, 2020
I never wanted to be a star...
Kataklysmos, Larnaca 1993/4 and being chased by 500 screaming teenagers.
June 7, 2020
Jimmys Panousis, Jimmys, Jimmako, legend!
June 6, 2020
Frank a Taxi Driver in Jamaica
Frank, a Jamaican Taxi Driver aka the Dancehall Reggae Wikipedia on 4 wheels.
June 5, 2020
Discovering you are from another planet by entering the wrong bar at University
June 4, 2020
My old Greek teacher at college told a good chiofta or two each week in class. This his most famous encounter is about misunderstanding everyday language.
June 3, 2020
The hard chick pea Blues
a tale of the hard chick pea Blues...
June 2, 2020
Discos in Cyprus 1970s
June 1, 2020
Singers of The Coffeeshop
You are what you declare - a self appointed singer from The Coffeeshop.
May 31, 2020
Set in the heart of Green Lanes, Haringey, Trehantiri Music, was the Chiofta centre of the community. It also had the largest Greek music selection in the world.
May 30, 2020
My grandmother Shenkou
My grandmother Shenkou was a wise woman from Marathovouno, Mesaoria, Cyprus.
May 29, 2020
Sugar at the BBC
We arrive at the BBC on a cold snowy winter and file in one by one filling out name tags. Sugar is last...the rest is history.
May 28, 2020
The Golden Larynx
A tale of one of the greatest singers of all time, Stelios Kazantzidis.
May 27, 2020
Accent...such a funny thing
My first experience of teaching taught students and me how to connect in a better way.. Accents, don't you just love them...
May 26, 2020
The King of the Chioftes
Georges der Parthogh my dear friend taught me two key things...never judge a book by its cover and a chiofta a day keeps the doctor away.
May 25, 2020
Pissy Pissy Meaow Meaow
A tale about the cat statues outside the Carera building in Mornington Crescent.
May 24, 2020
A Gringlish Encounter Famagusta 1968
My first encounter with Gringlish as spoken by my mum to my aunt in Famagusta 1968
May 23, 2020
Ameoba Ameoba my Kingdom for an Ameoba
A true confession from a surviving vinyl addict
May 22, 2020
The Origins of "Charlie"
Where does the term "Charlie" come from
May 21, 2020
Wagdi a taxi driver in Egypt
The day a taxi driver called Wagdi saved our lives in Port Said, Egypt.
May 20, 2020
I got 1 of those - laptop DJs
The art of DJing in the digital age.
May 19, 2020
Nikos Papazoglou live in London 1986
Nikos Papazoglou's first live performance in London - a landmark concert organised by Trehantiri Music with no tables and chairs!
May 18, 2020
Haji Mike Eurovizion Urban Myth
Haji Mike has never done Eurovizion yet many people think he has...
May 17, 2020
Fate....is a very powerful thing
Fate, the way things just happen sometimes is such a powerful thing...
May 16, 2020
Stevie Wonder at the door!
Imagine you turn around, and Stevie Wonder's at the door...
May 15, 2020
Jamaica Jamaica 1996
Performing 'Mousiki' live in Jamaica 1996
May 14, 2020
Champaigne Nights at Malibu
Malibu the biggest disco in Cyprus - 1994 - when the champaigne flowed like a river
May 13, 2020
The one and only time I got slapped in a disco
May 12, 2020
Porn, Masticating, Detention
My first ever detention...
May 11, 2020
Vragaman O Vragaman
A tale in memory of Sugar who fine tuned a song that changed my life...
May 10, 2020
Zorba The Greek
The night when not playing Zorba the Greek saved our lives
May 9, 2020
The Masa - The Food
Food is more important than disco lights!
May 8, 2020
Botch Up Job - The Lights Re - Chapa-choulika
a memory on a gig in Haringey...
May 7, 2020
Philosophies of the Vine
everyone is an expert of the vine
May 6, 2020
Go to the Good
Introducing the Daily Chiofta with Haji Mike
May 5, 2020