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‘Our Land is the Whole World’: Monsieur Doumani and Reinventing Cypriot Traditional Music

The lights went out. A projector began showing old photos of the Cypriot countryside, modified with bright, sometimes neon, colours. A trombone began playing at the back of the room, only to be joined seconds later by a guitar and a tzouras, a plucked string instrument, like a smaller version of a bouzouki. The trio – with the somewhat cryptic name ‘Monsieur Doumani’ – began walking through the crowd, the tables and chairs, towards the stage, still playing, and with the slides and lights still flashing in the direction they were heading.