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International mantinades of partners

What is “mantinada”?

Mantinada is a traditional cretan song,  sung in the rhythm of accompanying music. It is prominent in several parts of Greece, especially in the island of Crete, where mantinades (plural) are performed in accompaniment of the Cretan lyra and laouto (a stringed instrument resembling lute).

Cretan mantinada consists of two (usually 15-syllable) verses with rhyme and complete meaning. Mantinada usually refers to love.

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