Koza Mostra

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Koza Mostra
Koza Mostra in 2017
Koza Mostra in 2017
Background information
OriginGreece, Thessaloniki
GenresSka, Alternative, Folk, Balkan Music, Punk, Tarantella, Rock
Years active2011–present
LabelsPanik Oxygen Records
Associated actsAgathonas Iakovidis
MembersElias Kozas
Stelios Tsompanidis
Petros Lagontzos
Dimitris Christonis
Tasos Korkovelos
Tasos Gentzis

Koza Mostra is a Greek rock band founded by Ilias Kozas in 2011. It consists of Ilias Kozas (vocals, classical and electric guitar), Stelios Tsompanidis (drums, backing vocals), Tasos Korkovelos (keyboards, backing vocals), Dimitris Christonis (bass guitar), Tasos Gentzis (saxophone, backing vocals) and Petros Lagontzos (electric guitar, backing vocals). The band fuses ska, punk, and rock music together with the style of traditional greek folk music such as Macedonian Greek music and rebetiko. They are also known for performing in kilts or fustanella.[1]

They represented Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest 2013 with Agathonas Iakovidis and the song "Alcohol Is Free", coming 6th in the final.[2][3]

Their maiden album "Keep Up The Rhythm", that was released on 2013, reached triple Platinum certification[4] from Greek music industry authority IFPI.

In late 2017 they released their second album entitled "Corrida".

Lead singer Elias Kozas at a Eurovision Song Contest 2013 press conference.

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Artwork Info
Keep Up the Rhythm[5]
  • Released: March 22, 2013
  • Labels: Platinum Records
  • Formats: CD, Digital download
Corrida
  • Released: 10 October 2017
  • Labels: Oxygen Records
  • Formats: CD, Digital download

Singles[edit]

Title Year Peak chart positions Album
GER NL
[6]
"Me Trela" 2012 Keep up the Rhythm
"Desire"
"Alcohol Is Free"
(feat. Agathonas Iakovidis)
2013 85 95
"—" denotes single that did not chart or was not released.

Awards[edit]

Year Award Category Work/Role Result
2014 IFPI 3x Platinum Album[7] Keep Up The Rhythm Won
2014 MAD Video Music Awards Alternative[8] Alcohol is Free Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Escudero, Victor M. "Koza Mostra & Agathon rock the stage". 11 May 2013. Eurovision.tv. Retrieved 28 May 2013.
  2. ^ Roxburgh, Gordon (18 February 2013). "Koza Mostra & Agathonas Iakovidis to represent Greece". European Broadcasting Union.
  3. ^ Montebello, Edward (18 February 2013). "Koza Mostra feat. Agathonas to represent Greece in Malmö. They finished with 152 points and 6th place in the Eurovision Song Contest". esctoday.com.
  4. ^ Και η απονομή έγινε και η χαρά μας είναι απερίγραπτη !!! (in Greek and English). Facebook. 7 March 2014.
  5. ^ "Greece: Koza Mostra release first album Keep up the rhythm". esctoday.com. Retrieved 23 March 2013.
  6. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discografie Koza Mostra". Dutch Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung).
  7. ^ Και η απονομή έγινε και η χαρά μας είναι απερίγραπτη !!! (in Greek and English). Facebook. 7 March 2014.
  8. ^ "VIDEOMUSIC AWARDS 2014 By AirFastTickets - HAPPY MUSIC NATION" (in Greek). MAD TV. 24 September 2014. Archived from the original on 24 May 2013.

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Eleftheria Eleftheriou
with "Aphrodisiac"
Greece in the Eurovision Song Contest
2013
with Agathonas Iakovidis
Succeeded by
Freaky Fortune featuring RiskyKidd
with "Rise Up"