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Daily Chiofta

105 EpisodesProduced by Mike HajimichaelWebsite

regular vernacular insights with Haji Mike

105 Episodes | 2020 - 2021

Dentistry and the violin - Yiannis Pipis - A Cyprus Legend and World Record Breaker

February 5th, 2021


In days of old when dentists lacked medical qualifications - violins and pliers can in handy. The tale of Yiannis Pipis a Cyprus Legend and World …

A long rant at SNWMF

January 19th, 2021


Touring the USA in 2004 and playing at The Sierra Nevada World Music Festival - a long rant means a short set...

'Strange' Foods

September 28th, 2020


The things that make you go...yuuuuck....

Pieris Pierettis legend of Cyprus

September 6th, 2020


When Pierettis met The Vragaman by the beach.

From Eve to Gus

August 26th, 2020


How a kitten changes names following revelations by modern veterinary science.

Centurian Chiofta

August 11th, 2020


A reflection on The Daily Chiofta journey and spontaneity - the rat, the cat and the dog...go to the good...

Politics - the open sewer

August 10th, 2020


Politics with a big p is like an open sewer.

Monoux - High School

August 9th, 2020


Memories of an oppressive school going through its own schizophrenic identity phase.

MIDEM late 1990s

August 8th, 2020


I went to MIDEM once in the late 1990s. This is the annual music gathering in Cannes, France and was full of coincidences for me.

Nana & Kojak

August 7th, 2020


2 important parts of our ethnic 60s and 70s TV diet...

Bitter Durrell

August 6th, 2020


A few thoughts on the most famous book on Cyprus by Lawrence Durrell.

A Diblokambino called Sotiroulla

August 5th, 2020


My truck Sotiroulla is a double cabin and a saviour.


August 4th, 2020


My life long love for a worldwide music that started in Jamaica...


August 3rd, 2020


A place deep in the heart of Nicosia old that I love to play at and some thoughts on people and places that just don't understand Reggae.


August 2nd, 2020


One of my life long passions...Radio...

Val's Place

August 1st, 2020


A very special place in Gialia. A musician's utopia.

The day Bob Marley died...

July 31st, 2020


11th May 1981 is a sad day for music worldwide. The day Bob Marley died, I heard the news on a sound system at Essex University.

To Skodomeno - a first encounter with a Skoda Coupe

July 30th, 2020


Around 1975 my brother George got a Skoda Coupe. Taking it for a first spin, excuse the pun, the rest as they say is history...

Chippy Riot in Liverpool

July 29th, 2020


Living through a riot in a chippy, Liverpool 1981.

Jeff Trump and Riders

July 28th, 2020


Riders are those things bands get before gigs. The more famous a band is the more elaborate the rider. Jeff Trump my drummer brother from San Francisco is an imaginative rider architect!

Names...such important things...

July 27th, 2020


Names mean so much to us...we carry them for life...

Interviewing Shaggy

July 26th, 2020


Early 90s I interviewed Shaggy 3 times. Entertaining, clever and a total prankster!

The man who called me John...

July 25th, 2020


Collecting records from age 14 I encountered a man in a shop who constantly called me John.

Don't DJ when intoxicated on Tsipouro

July 24th, 2020


A powerful drink from Greece once taught me a simple lesson in life...Don't DJ when drunk!

Surrealistic gigs

July 23rd, 2020


My take on gigs that might go wrong...

Greek School

July 22nd, 2020


My Saturdays....Greek School

Sean Connery Ithaka

July 21st, 2020


Teaching Ithaka by Kavafy as told by Sean Connery...

Things that make you go mmmm during gigs

July 19th, 2020


A collection of mini chioftes on things that happened during gigs in Cyprus.

Piracy in Cyprus

July 18th, 2020


The illegal industry in Cyprus that affected many musical careers.

Imiz & The Haji

July 17th, 2020


On matters and encounters of the Imiskoumbrian kind...

Zorbas & Punishment

July 16th, 2020


My first case of inclass punishment - the crime - knowing how to dance Zorbas!

15th July 1974 Military Coup

July 15th, 2020


The Military Coup in Cyprus 15th July 1974 changed the course of history.

The case of the alleged "stolen" Vrajes

July 14th, 2020


Kantonas ,Vrajes and a close shave with the law in Chingford.

Sugar on Radio in Cyprus

July 13th, 2020


Sugar's only live radio interview in Cyprus in 1997 started off with an eruption of laughter...

Do Good...

July 12th, 2020


Good deeds always bring good vibes...


July 11th, 2020


The notorious 9/8 rhythm that some cannot grasp.

Sociological Chioftes

July 10th, 2020


My love for Sociology goes back to school and accidentally misprounouncing the word in Greek has become a Poumbouris family urban folk myth.

Maro-Maria BANNED

July 9th, 2020


A painful story of infidelity, Maro-Maria, a song from my 2nd LP Aphrodite's Dream' and how the video clip got banned.

DJ Marios Avraam...Vintaaage Chakkos

July 8th, 2020


A great friend, DJ and supporter of my work since 1988.

A man called Skev - coincidences galore

July 7th, 2020


I have known him since I was 12. Our friendship is like duracel batteries, it just goes on and on....

Learning things the hard way

July 6th, 2020


London was very different from Marathovouno and some things had to be learned the hard way...

The first day at school

July 5th, 2020


The first day at school in Walthamstow was all about eyes...

Mr and Mrs Meade

July 4th, 2020


The neighbours who took care of me and taught me so much.

The journey and arriving in London

July 3rd, 2020


The flight from Cyprus to London via Athens, at the age of 4 was traumatic.

The letter, Shenkou and the swallows

July 2nd, 2020


The letter that changed the entire course of my life.

My grandfather Poumbouris and my love for travel

July 1st, 2020


Travel is a very important part of my life which is thanks to my grandfather Poumbouris.

A day in Peladousa

June 30th, 2020


A visit to film maker Panicos Chrysanthou in Peladousa turned out to be a real cliffhanger.

I love Paphos

June 29th, 2020


Paphos is where it all began for me in Cyprus. I had an amazing time there in the summer of 1993. Lesson 1 was also learned...never cross a Paphian...

Chris The Black Rembeti

June 28th, 2020


An encounter on a 29 bus with a Haringey Urban Legend.

Weddings UK Part 3 - Bands, the legends, the lame and the lousy

June 27th, 2020


Bands played a big role in the Wedding business in the UK.

Weddings UK Part 2 - Brox On The Box

June 26th, 2020


Brox Broxenia the archaic practice of matchmaking caught on camera.

Weddings UK - part 1 videos and bloumisha

June 25th, 2020


The arrival of video cameras as weddings meant everyone had a recird about bloumisha

Vote with your money

June 24th, 2020


judging people by how they talk or look has consequences

Kochinis Walthamstow Market

June 23rd, 2020


Every Saturday my mum had a routine, shopping the length of Walthamstow Market.

Papoutsosiko - The Prickly Pear Jerk Dance

June 21st, 2020


A customer picks the wrong fruit to steal from a Bakaliko in Dalston 1977.

Cyprus Cyprus everywhere

June 20th, 2020


Traveling the world you come across places and people with a Cyprus connection.

Who is Stavroulla?

June 19th, 2020


A true and harrowing chiofta on the writing of 'Stavroulla'.

Wrestling - Big Daddy versus Milos

June 18th, 2020


My mum loved wrestling and my dad's cousin Milos, became a wrestler from the 1930s in England.

Toppouzos & Kantonas

June 17th, 2020


Toppouzos & Kantonas - friends for life. Early experiences of improvisation on stage...

Sugar's Uncle Paroutis Chiofta

June 16th, 2020


Cypriots have some characteristic names and ways of reacting when they are innocent in a car crash.

The Constantia Brothers and Maria - breaking glass

June 15th, 2020


An escapadecon teaching traditional Cypriot dancing.

Chico Gig 2006

June 14th, 2020


A gig in the middle of nowhere in Chico - what goes around comes around.

Miki - The Zones

June 13th, 2020


The dread task of doing the zones.

I was a waiter...once..for just 1 night..

June 12th, 2020


My 'Fawlty Towers' moment as a waiter in 1982.

A concerned Standout Selector in Napa

June 11th, 2020


A tale of mispronounciation that could have led to an international incident!

The 'solution' - wise insights from my father

June 10th, 2020


A ten year old in a shoe factory in London Lane, Hackney E.8

Minas the 'bald' bouzouki player

June 9th, 2020


When hair or lack of it becomes a criteria for playing bouzouki.

Haji Perry orders a coffee

June 8th, 2020


Haji can order a coffee at a wedding...but can Perry, his older brother, do the same?

I never wanted to be a star...

June 7th, 2020


Kataklysmos, Larnaca 1993/4 and being chased by 500 screaming teenagers.

Jimmys Panousis

June 6th, 2020


Jimmys Panousis, Jimmys, Jimmako, legend!

Frank a Taxi Driver in Jamaica

June 5th, 2020


Frank, a Jamaican Taxi Driver aka the Dancehall Reggae Wikipedia on 4 wheels.

University Bars

June 4th, 2020


Discovering you are from another planet by entering the wrong bar at University

Zanetos Chiofta

June 3rd, 2020


My old Greek teacher at college told a good chiofta or two each week in class. This his most famous encounter is about misunderstanding everyday …

The hard chick pea Blues

June 2nd, 2020


a tale of the hard chick pea Blues...

Disco Chioftes

June 1st, 2020


Discos in Cyprus 1970s

Singers of The Coffeeshop

May 31st, 2020


You are what you declare - a self appointed singer from The Coffeeshop.

Trehantiri Chioftes

May 30th, 2020


Set in the heart of Green Lanes, Haringey, Trehantiri Music, was the Chiofta centre of the community. It also had the largest Greek music selection in the world.

My grandmother Shenkou

May 29th, 2020


My grandmother Shenkou was a wise woman from Marathovouno, Mesaoria, Cyprus.

Sugar at the BBC

May 28th, 2020


We arrive at the BBC on a cold snowy winter and file in one by one filling out name tags. Sugar is last...the rest is history.

The Golden Larynx

May 27th, 2020


A tale of one of the greatest singers of all time, Stelios Kazantzidis.

Accent...such a funny thing

May 26th, 2020


My first experience of teaching taught students and me how to connect in a better way.. Accents, don't you just love them...

The King of the Chioftes

May 25th, 2020


Georges der Parthogh my dear friend taught me two key things...never judge a book by its cover and a chiofta a day keeps the doctor away.

Pissy Pissy Meaow Meaow

May 24th, 2020


A tale about the cat statues outside the Carera building in Mornington Crescent.

A Gringlish Encounter Famagusta 1968

May 23rd, 2020


My first encounter with Gringlish as spoken by my mum to my aunt in Famagusta 1968

Ameoba Ameoba my Kingdom for an Ameoba

May 22nd, 2020


A true confession from a surviving vinyl addict

The Origins of "Charlie"

May 21st, 2020


Where does the term "Charlie" come from

Wagdi a taxi driver in Egypt

May 20th, 2020


The day a taxi driver called Wagdi saved our lives in Port Said, Egypt.

I got 1 of those - laptop DJs

May 19th, 2020


The art of DJing in the digital age.

Nikos Papazoglou live in London 1986

May 18th, 2020


Nikos Papazoglou's first live performance in London - a landmark concert organised by Trehantiri Music with no tables and chairs!

Haji Mike Eurovizion Urban Myth

May 17th, 2020


Haji Mike has never done Eurovizion yet many people think he has... a very powerful thing

May 16th, 2020


Fate, the way things just happen sometimes is such a powerful thing...

Stevie Wonder at the door!

May 15th, 2020


Imagine you turn around, and Stevie Wonder's at the door...

Jamaica Jamaica 1996

May 14th, 2020


Performing 'Mousiki' live in Jamaica 1996

Champaigne Nights at Malibu

May 13th, 2020


Malibu the biggest disco in Cyprus - 1994 - when the champaigne flowed like a river

Voulez Vous

May 12th, 2020


The one and only time I got slapped in a disco

Vragaman O Vragaman

May 10th, 2020


A tale in memory of Sugar who fine tuned a song that changed my life...

Zorba The Greek

May 9th, 2020


The night when not playing Zorba the Greek saved our lives

The Masa - The Food

May 8th, 2020


Food is more important than disco lights!

Philosophies of the Vine

May 6th, 2020


everyone is an expert of the vine

Go to the Good

May 5th, 2020


Introducing the Daily Chiofta with Haji Mike

The Daily Chiofta

May 5th, 2020


Daily stories with Haji Mike a modern day Homer, who lived in Green Lanes...

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