Orthodox Monks Become Hitmakers

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Monday 1st July 2002

Saints Augustine And Seraphim Of Sarof Monastery make Greek pop charts

ONE OF THE most unusual hitmaking groups ever has been storming the Greek pop charts. Three monks of the Saints Augustine And Seraphim Of Sarof Monastery formed a group, Eleftheroi (translated The Free), and in 2001 released their first album, 'I Learned To Live Free' which has now passed 70,000 sales. Fathers Nektarios, Pandeleimon and Augoustinos have now released their third CD, 'Konta Sas (By Your Side)'. According to Billboard magazine, 'Konta Sas' "includes a selection of churning rock numbers, a reggae track and Greek traditional material, as well as two English language dance mixes and an MTV-style video clip." The album has been in the Greek Top 20 since its release.

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