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Πορτ Σάιντ Και Σκεντερία
Ζαχαρένιο Χανουμάκι

(Port Said Ke Iskenteria
Zaharenio Hanoumaki)

(Port Said and Alexandria
Sugary Belly Dancer)

 

 

This page contains a translation into English of the lyrics to the popular Greek song "Port Said Ke Iskenteria / Zaharenio Hanoumaki" (Πορτ Σάιντ Και Σκεντερία / Ζαχαρένιο Χανουμάκι), which was sung by Stelios Perpiniadis. The song title is sometimes spelled "Port Said Ke Skenderia".

Also included is a pronunciation guide for the Greek lyrics so you can sing along if you like.

For more information about the laiko and rebetiko styles of music, see Introduction to Laiko / Rebetiko Music elsewhere on this web site.

Song lyrics are provided for educational purposes. If you like the song, please purchase either the album or a download from an authorized source.

About Stelios Perpiniadis

Stelios Perpiniadis, nicknamed Stellakis, was a Greek rebetiko musician. He was born on the Greek island of Tinos, grew up in Constantinople (Istanbul) and moved to Piraeus in 1923. There he came in contact with rebetiko musicians who were refugees from Anatolia (what we know today as Turkey) and embraced the musical genre. His career was at its height from 1930 to 1950 as he collaborated with many of the top rebetiko artists of his day.

About Panayiotis Toudas

Panayiotis Toudas is Anatolian Greek (where modern-day Turkey lies), in the city of Smyrna (now known as Izmir). He started playing the mandolin as a child. After the Great Fire of Smyrna he went to Athens where he worked with all the major record labels of Greece. He also studied music in Egypt. He died of rheumatism in 1942.

Song: Port Said Ke Skenderia / Zaharenio Hanoumaki (Port Said and Alexandria / Sugary Belly Dancer), 1937

Lyrics: Giorgos Derebeis (Sofer)

Music: Panayiotis Toudas

Original Artist: Stelios Perpiniadis (Stellaki)

Dance Style: Hasapikos

Τραγούδι: Πορτ Σάιντ Και Σκεντερία / Ζαχαρένιο Χανουμάκι, 1937

Στίχοι: Γιώργος Δερέμπεης (Σωφέρ)

Μουσική: Παναγιώτης Τούντας

Πρώτη Εκτέλεση: Στυλιανός Στέλιος Περπινιάδης (Στελλάκι)

Χορός: Χασάπικος

 

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Lyrics

Numbers in parentheses refer to footnotes that appear at the bottom of the translation.

Greek Lyrics

Pronunciation

English Translation

Εταξίδευα Συρία etaxideva Syria I was traveling to Syria,
Πόρτ Σαιντ και Σκεντερία Port Said ke Skenderia Port Said, and Alexandria,
και έμπλεξα με μια μικρούλα ke eblexa me mia mikroula and I got involved with a little (1)
καστανή Φελαχοπούλα kastani Felahopoula brown-haired peasant girl. (2)
     
Ζαχαρένιο Χανουμάκι zaharenio Hanoumaki Sugary belly dancer,
σαν μικρό μελανουράκι san mikro melanouraki like a little dark one, (3)
το φιλώ και πάλι θέλει to filo ke pali theli I kiss [her] and [she] wants more.
Χανουμάκι μου για λέλι Hanoumaki mou ya leli My belly dancer, O night, (4)
Χανουμάκι μου για λέλι Hanoumaki mou ya leli My belly dancer, O night, (4)
το φιλώ και πάλι θέλει to filo ke pali theli I kiss [her] and [she] wants more.
     
Μια βραδιά που το φιλούσα mia vradia pou to filousa One night, when I was kissing [her],
και γλυκά του τραγουδούσα ke glika tou tragoudousa and I was singing sweetly [to her],
πέντε Mαύροι θυμωμένοι pende Mavri thimomeni five angry Black [men]
και με ξύλα αρματωμένοι ke me xila armatomeni armed with sticks
Μου το 'πήραν με το ζόρι mou to 'piran me to zori took [her] by force.
και με 'βάλαν στο βαπόρι ke me 'valan sto vapori And they put me on the steamship,
και έφυγα απ' τη' Σκεντερία ke efiga ap' ti' Skenderia and I left Alexandria,
να μην έχω φασαρία na min eho fasaria so I wouldn't have any trouble,
να μην έχω φασαρία na min eho fasaria so I wouldn't have any trouble,
έφυγα απ' τη' Σκεντερία efiga ap' ti' Skenderia I left Alexandria.
     
Τώρα είμαι στην Αθήνα tora ime stin Athina Now I'm in Athens,
και αγαπάω μια τσαχπίνα ke agapao mia tsahpina and I love a feisty [woman],
μια κουκλίτσα με βραβείο mia kouklitsa me vravio a prize doll,
και περνάω μεγαλείο ke pernao megalio and I'm living big.
     
Μα όσο και αν καλοπερνάω ma oso ke an kalopernao But no matter how much I'm having a good time,
μέρα νύχτα δεν ξεχνάω mera nihta den xehnao day and night I haven't forgotten
το μικρό μου Χανουμάκι to mikro mou Hanoumaki my little belly dancer:
το γλυκό μελανουράκι to gliko melanouraki the sweet dark one, (3)
το γλυκό μελανουράκι to gliko melanouraki the sweet dark one, (3)
το μικρό μου Χανουμάκι to mikro mou Hanoumaki my little belly dancer.
     
Ζαχαρένιο Χανουμάκι zaharenio Hanoumaki Sugary belly dancer,
σαν μικρό μελανουράκι san mikro melanouraki like a little dark one, (3)
το φιλώ και πάλι θέλει to filo ke pali theli I kiss [her] and [she] wants more.
Χανουμάκι μου για λέλι Hanoumaki mou ya leli My belly dancer, O night, (4)
Χανουμάκι μου για λέλι Hanoumaki mou ya leli My belly dancer, O night, (4)
το φιλώ και πάλι θέλει to filo ke pali theli I kiss [her] and [she] wants more.
  1. Here, the word "little" could refer to either her body size or her age.
  2. The word "fellaha" in the original Greek lyrics comes from Arabic. It is the female version of "farmer", and refers to a rural or village woman.
  3. This can mean either dark hair or dark skin.
  4. "Ya leli" in the original Greek lyrics comes from Arabic and means "O night". In Arabic, "leleli" is derived from the word "leil" for "night", but Arabic-speaking singers often improvise using the syllables "leleli" in the same way an English-language song might use nonsense syllables such as "tra la la".

 

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Translations of
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About the Translator

This page was contributed by Panayiota Bakis Mohieddin, who is happy to share her culture and music she grew up with! Here's how Panayiota describes her background:

I always love engaging with intelligent like-minded people, especially artists. I love sharing anything and everything about my Hellenic culture and upbringing, especially music and dance. A conversation with me will bring you back to America's favorite Greek-American movie by Nia Vardalos called My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

I love investigating Greek culture, history, music, and dance. Speaking of investigating, I think I missed my calling, I probably should have been an investigator. Instead, I use those skills to dig and dig and dig tirelessly, often times falling asleep on my laptop... just to find the truth. But, most importantly, accurate truth. For me personally, and other respectable folklorists, my culture and accuracy are very important. Each generation of ethnic born artists has a duty to do the best it can to pass down our traditions as was taught to us. We have been given this artistic gift to be the gatekeepers of our heritage and culture.

Panayiota

 

 

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