All waves carry energy. So do these. Another characteristic of waves is “reflection”. We have adopted this too. Catch the waves, reflect and share the positive energy! Join Youla Pandazi for many interesting chats and views.
The Greek Old Age Home at Agio Nektario at Orange Grove, is a beloved organisation that houses our elderly community. In this show we discuss the Covid-19 times at the Old Age Home and the efforts made by our community and the Hellenic Federation of South Africa to assist them.
On the 15th of June we lost a talented musician, true friend and valued community member. He was taken from us so suddenly and we feel a great void. This show is a small token of appreciation for all he has done for our children and our community. He gave us so much and flooded our homes with music. We are sure he will continue to play his bouzouki with the Angels and we will listen for the sweet melody in our dreams!
Watch the moving video that he created with his pupils and close co-workers on youtube... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQZSdK1H0-Y
The Saheti 2020 learners interview Fred Schouwink, the educational psychologist of Saheti. The discussion was around the psychology of Covid-19, especially with regards to children going back to school during this pandemic.
Natasha Sideris is the creator and founder of the successful tashas restaurants. Natasha opened the first tashas in Atholl, Johannesburg in 2005. Since partnering with Famous Brands in 2008, many more tashas have opened in South Africa, but also, in Dubai. She speaks to Youla Pandazis about the Restaurant collective Movement that she has started during the Covid-19 pandemic with other well-known Restaurant chains and her vision for this movement.
Youla Pandazi spoke to members of the Greek Rock band 15 50, Roussetos Dimitroglou and Mina Tsigos. 22 years in the industry and going strong!
Οι 15 50 είναι ένα ελληνικό ροκ συγκρότημα, που δημιούργησε το 1998 ο Ρουσσέτος Δημητρόγλου. Από το 1998 που δημιουργήθηκαν μέχρι και σήμερα, οι 1550 χαράσσουν τη δική τους πορεία μέσα στο τοπίο της Ελληνικής Ροκ σκηνής. Από την δημιουργία τους μέχρι και σήμερα, οι 15 50 εμφανίζονται τακτικά, περιοδεύουν ανά την Ελλάδα αλλά και την Κύπρο και κάνουν επιλεγμένες εμφανίσεις στο εξωτερικό. Έχουν συνεργασίες με μεγάλα ονόματα του χώρου, όπως ο Βασίλης Παπακωνσταντίνου, η Έλενα Παπαρίζου, οι Νίκος Ζιώγαλας, Λάκης Παπαδόπουλος, Γιάννης Γιοκαρίνης, Αντώνης Ρέμος,Πάνος Μουζουράκης,Παντελής Παντελίδης, Γιάννης Ζουγανέλης, Δημήτρης Σταρόβας και πολλούς άλλους.
Ρουσσέτος Δημητρόγλου: 1998- σήμερα, Κιθάρες
Mηνάς Τσίγκος: 2012-σήμερα, Φωνή
Τάσος Σταύρακας: 1998-σήμερα, Πλήκτρα
Χάρης Γρυπαίος: 2016-σήμερα, Τύμπανα
Evy Michalopoulos and John Comninos spoke to Youla Pandazis about their Machi Filotimo Project.
The Machi Filotimo Cancer Project is a Non-Profit Company registered in 2019 and their goal is to raise awareness for people diagnosed with cancer.
Their purpose is to create awareness about Cancer, to educate on early detection and to render palliative care to cancer patients. Together with their partners, they work harmoniously in all areas related to addressing Cancer control objectives in order to take care of patients with cancer and support families of survivors.
They are proud to be associated with numerous partners including the Cancer Association of South Africa, CANSA and HOSPICE WITS to name but a few.
To find out more about our organization, please visit their website: www.filotimo.org.za
Michali Scholiadis, 2nd Vice President of the Hellenic Federation of South Africa (HFSA), spoke to Youla Pandazis about some of the initiatives of the HFSA to support the community during the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as their new digital presence. There is a definite intent to bring the Hellenic Community of South Africa closer. Listen to the podcast!
We’ve started our Saheti 2020 podcast! Join us weekly as we catch up remotely with the Saheti team. This week we discuss social issues that learners are facing during lockdown and we hear what Basil, Christian, Shriya and Lutfiya have been up to.
The SAHETI 2020 show is a new initiative, to teach learners about radio as part of the cultural curriculum at the school. Learners posted messages during the Level 4 part of the South African lockdown for the listeners. Also in this episode, grade 12 SAHETI prefect, Nicholas Christofides, spoke to us about how he used his 3D printer to print face shields for healthcare workers.
Just a few days before the release of the Bouzouki video, "Greek and South African Hellenes come together during Covid-19", maestro Georgopoulos touched base with the Hellenic Radio and gave us more reason to look forward to the music/bouzouki video that will be coming our way. This interview is in Greek.
Tune into Hellenic Radio on radiosa.org/hellenic/
Music will be proven to be the international language, yet again, as talented young musicians from Greece and South Africa, collaborate to join their musical forces to uplift and unite.
South African Hellenes and Greek music students, who have been honing their skills, playing traditional Greek music and instruments for years, have followed the call of the music, to collaborate and send a message of togetherness and strength to the world.
The orchestrators of this initiative are En Xordo, in Patra, Greece and its director, Maestro Theodoros Georgopoulos, in collaboration with the Hellenic Federation of South Africa. The vision is for the famous theme song called Zeimbekiko tis Evdokias, to travel the world with its message of strength and passion, to inspire others to come together, but also for the talented musicians themselves, to feel more connected in this time of isolation.
With technology as the global stage, the young musicians from Greece and South Africa will play the famous Zeimbekiko, in a mini production that will bring together cultures and nations. As the music plays, it will be evident that we are all interconnected and that together we can emerge stronger through difficult circumstances.
The viewer will hear the voice of music itself (read by Youla Pandazis) introducing the video, as Penny Georgopoulou plays the santouri:
“I am a melody born on the turquoise waves of the Mediterranean,
A rhythm from the heart of Greece…
I am a strength born of South African soil,
A coming together of nations…
I am the symphony that surrounds your senses,
A power that stirs your soul…
I am the beauty of the human spirit,
A love that grows in all…
I… in all my magnanimous glory…am music!”
A great deal of behind-the-scenes work is ongoing with much excitement as its fuel.