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Renowned Cypriot Composer Marios Tokas Dies
2008-05-02 09:38:34

Nicosia, 27 Apr - Renowned Cypriot composer Marios Tokas passed away on Easter Sunday, leaving a great gap in the world of music. He was 54.

He was laid to rest in Athens, as his homeland mourned the loss of a much loved Cypriot composer. His funeral took place in a somber and a very emotive atmosphere both inside the church as well as outside where hundreds of people stood in silence to bid him a final farewell.

Cyprus President Demetris Christofias, three Cabinet Ministers, friends and relatives gathered for the funeral in the Greek capital. In brief remarks after the funeral service, President Christofias said “Marios Tokas will live for ever through his songs.”

“Today, the entire Hellenism, Greece and Cyprus, including Turkish Cypriots who sang the song ‘My own homeland’ in joint events with Greek-Cypriots said farewell to Marios,” the President noted.

Marios Tokas, who was born in Limassol on 8 June 1954 was receiving treatment for cancer at an Athens hospital when he succumbed in the early hours of Easter Sunday.

Distinguished for his countless hits, Marios Tokas wrote songs for big Greek names such as Demetris Mitropanos, Yiannis Parios, Manolis Mitsias, Haris Alexiou, Demetra Galani and Antonis Kalogianis.

He survived both phases of the Turkish invasion of Cyprus in 1974 when he served as a soldier on the front line.

The son of Cypriot journalist and writer Kypros Tokas, Marios moved to Athens in 1974 with the dream to make a career in the music industry. He simultaneously studied at the Philosophical School and the State Conservatory.

From an early age he exhibited a talent in music writing and in 1978 he released his first album entitled "Ta tragoudia tis pareas", which earned him an early critical acclaim followed by another great success, the "Mikra Erotika" sang by Antonis Kalogianis.

Marios Tokas is survived by his wife and three children.

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