Athens Hip-Hop Brief

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It used to be impossible to find venues in Athens playing hip-hop and R&B music. No longer. These days, there are clubs in and around Athens that play hip-hop and R&B just about every night of the week. These clubs only impose cover charges on weekend nights or if a guest DJ or a famous Greek rapper is on the turntables. And even then, you won’t have to shell out more than €10, €15 at the very most.

Here’s a short list of hot hip-hop and R&B spots in Athens.

Sunday: Bebek (Leoforos Ethnarchou Makariou 10, Faliro, 210-4834-190).

Tuesday: Boutique (Filellinon 15, Syntagma, 210-3231-315).

Wednesday: One Happy Cloud (Aristofanous 12, Psyrri, 210-3222-256).

Thursday: MAO (Plateia Agios Anargyron at Agatharchou 3, Psyrri, 210-3317-646).

Friday: L’AS (Leoforos Syngrou 259, Nea Smyrni, 210-9425-400).

Every night: Potopoleion (Panormou 113, Ambelokipi, 210-6911-672).

On Sunday February 4, budget-minded hip-hop fans should check out Nevma (signed to Family the Label) and Goin’ Through (two of the hottest Greek hip-hop groups) performing live outside of Village Park Cinemas in Nikaia at 7 p.m. Admission is—wait for it—free.

About the author

In order to keep a promise she and her brother had made to their grandmother (and to simultaneously fulfill one of her own dreams) Kaymaria left her beloved hometown of Oakland, California and headed to Athens in time for the 2004 Olympics. Today, she continues to work and play in the Greek capital, where you may find her writing atop Lykavittos, road-tripping with overseas guests, enjoying Athens cafés with friends, dancing to Greek hip-hop music, or reading Greek subtitles in an outdoor cinema. The daughter of two life-long educators and enthusiastic travelers, Kaymaria has explored North America, Mexico, and Europe. It was not until she spent a year as an exchange student at The University of York in England, however, that she discovered that she does not actually speak English.

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