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A rebetis (Greek: ρεμπέτης [re(m)ˈbetis]; pl. rebetes ρεμπέτες [re(m)ˈbetes]) is a musician involved in the scene of the Greek musical genre of rebetiko, which flourished between 1920 and 1955.

Prominent rebetes include:

Note: Sometimes (not without controversy) this definition is extended to include modern day performers of this kind of music, such as Babis Goles and Agathonas Iakovidis.


  • Damianakos Stathis, Κοινωνιολογία του Ρεμπέτικου 2nd Edition. Athens, Plethron, 2001.
  • Gauntlett Stathis, Rebetika, Carmina Graeciae Recentoris. Athens, D. Harvey and Co., 1985.
  • Hadjidakis Manos, Ερμηνεία και θέση του ρεμπέτικου τραγουδιού. 1949.
  • Holst-Warhaft Gail, Road to Rembetika: Music of a Greek sub-culture, songs of love, sorrow and hashish, Athens, Denise Harvey, 1989
  • Kotarides Nikos, Ρεμπέτες και ρεμπέτικο τραγούδι. Athens, Plethron, 1996.
  • Kounades Panagiotis, Εις ανάμνησιν στιγμών ελκυστικών. Athens, Katarti, 2000.
  • Petropoulos Elias, Ρεμπέτικα τραγούδια. Athens, 1968.