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Locomondo (Photo by Delia Woehlert,courtesy of Amstel)
Background information
Origin GreeceAthens, Greece
Genres Ska, Reggae
2004 - Present
Labels Music Box international
Members Markos Koumaris
Yiannis Varnavas
Stamatis Goulas
Spyros Mpesdekis
Stratos Sountris
Mike Mourtzis
Thanasis "Spogos" Tampakis

Locomondo is one of the most known and successful bands in Greece.

The 6-member band fronted by Markos Koumaris, the main songwriter and composer of the group, fuses Reggae, Ska and Caribbean sounds with greek lyrics and greek traditional musical elements.


  • They have released 8 albums, including Locomondo Live!, an album which turned gold in December 2011. Two of their video clips have received the "Best Alternative Video Clip" award from Mad-TV Greece (in 2007 and 2010).
  • Locomondo is the most known Reggae band in Greece, as well as the only Greek group that has recorded in Jamaica. This happened in 2005, when the band followed an invitation of ex Skatalites trombonist and Studio One legend Vin Gordon to the "island in the sun" and recorded the album "12 meres stin Jamaica" (12 days in Jamaica). The album contained two songs that meant to be great hits in Greece, but also attracted attention beyond the Greek borders.
  • The second hit of this album was Den kani kryo stin Ellada (its not cold in Greece), a hymn to a positive way of thinking. The song's chorus became a slogan in Greece and is considered the band's most known song.
  • In 2010 Locomondo recorded "Goal", a romantic song about football, which turned out to be an unofficial soundtrack for the Greek National Football Team qualifying for the second time in its history in the final phase of the World Cup. The video clip of the song featured Greek national player Dimitris Salpingidis who scored the qualifying goal against Ukraine. Although the Greek team disqualified in the first round in South Africa, the band considered it as a strike of luck as Salpingidis scored against Nigeria in the 2nd match, becoming the first player to ever score for Greece in a World Cup final phase.
Markos Koumaris (Photo by George Karahalios)
  • In 2012 the italian rap band Club Dogo released the single titled P.E.S. which was based on Locomondo's song "Pro" and reached platinum. The song became a summer hit in Italy. The album containing the song P.E.S. became platinum as well.
  • In 2015 turkish singer Ziynet Sali Ziynet Sali releases a turkish version of Locomondo's song "Magiko Hali" which achieves respectable success .

Other interesting facts

  • In 2007 the band collaborated with Greek American director Christine Crokos, composing and recording the sound track for the comedy "Gamilio Party" (wedding party). The film sold over 250.000 tickets and the song "Gamilio Party" became one of the most beloved wedding songs.

Band members


Additional musicians

Former members

  • Stefanos Psaradakis - Drums


  • 2004 Enas Trelos Kosmos (A crazy world)
  • 2005 12 Meres Jamaica (12 days in Jamaica)
  • 2007 Me wanna dance
  • 2008 Gamilio Party (OST) (The wedding party)
  • 2009 Locomondo Live
  • 2010 Goal (digital single)
  • 2011 Locomondo Best Of
  • 2013
  • 2013 New Day Rising


External links

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