Ta Xila

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Ta Xila is a couples dance from Lesvos. The Xila is accompanied by the famous instrument the Santouri. The tune is a distinct tune on the island of Lesvos. The dance can be done as a syrto style dance in couple and in groups of four. The Xila is also popular at weddings and social gatherings on the island.

It's a four-beat instrumental tune which according to oral tradition was created as a working song, based on a Turkish patinada.[1]


  1. ^ DIONYSOPOYLOS Nikos, LESBOS AIOLIS - Greek Traditional Music 5 Crete University Press Greece. p13

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