Artist Profiles: Areti Ketime

Areti Ketime (Αρετή Κετιμέ) was born July 26, 1989. She began playing santur from the age of 6. Areti grew up in a family closely connected to the traditional music and celebrations of Greece. Thus she was exposed to music in a completely natural way from her earliest childhood. At the age of 15 (in 2005), she became a professional performer, playing a broad spectrum of Greek traditional music, both as a singer and as a santur player.

Ketime plays with her own group of musicians, or – since he discovered her talent in 2002- with the famous Greek singer Yorgos (George) Dalaras. He also produced her CD with four songs in 2003 which was released by Parlophone, an affiliate company of MINOS / EMI.

Her brilliant performance of one song, accompanying herself on the santur, at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in August 2004, was noticed by millions worldwide.

In 2010, she teamed up with Turkish singer Dilek Koç in a concert titled “The songs of our mutual tradition”, in which they mostly performed common-root songs of Greece and Turkey, at the Half Note Jazz Club.

In May 2015, Areti Ketime toured North America for the first time.


Me tin Foni tis Aretis – With Areti’s Voice (2010)
Kali sou Tihi – Good Luck to You (2011)
Pinakas Zografikis – Painting (2012)
Aidonaki mou – My Nightingale (2014)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites and Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.


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