Thursday, 30 April 2009

Marios Tokas Remembered

A tribute page to one of the greatest Singer-Songwriters of Cyprus
who tragically died of cancer, aged 54, on 27th April,
and was buried in Athens on 30th April 2008
Ένα αφιέρωμα στον αξέχαστο Κύπριο μουσικοσυνθέτη
Μάριο Τόκα
See Cyprus Weekly Tribute by Athena Karsera

I had the privilege to meet Marios in London within the context of the
Camden Cypriot Festival 1991

(which I video recorded in its entirety)
during which he performed an evening of 'musical magic'
at London's Jazz Cafe
Video of that evening's entire performance was placed on the web
during 2008 to honour his memory
and is available from a link on a subsequent page

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During that concert, Marios related the story of how
he came to write the music to accompany a poem
by Turkish Cypriot poet Nese Yasin,
whom he had just met for the first time that day.

That song, which had never been released on record
had at that time already become known all over Cyprus and Greece
"My Country has been Divided in Two"
"Η δική μου η πατρίδα"
Video clips of that historic first meeting
between Marios Tokas and Nese Yasin
and their first ever performance of that song together
have been released to mark this memorial to Marios Tokas
and are available by clicking here

The story above becomes relevant to understand
because this song has become part of the "Cypriot -Psyche"

As part of this memorial to Marios Tokas, video footage has also been released from recordings made live at the time of his funeral
... in order to show how, at the very end of the funeral service,
when Marios Tokas was laid to rest
at the Agion Theodoron Cemetery on 30th April 2008
... mourners in attendance spontaneously sang the refrain from "My Country has been Divided in Two"
as a final tribute to Marios
Video of the funeral service had been televised by Cyprus TV
and an edited compilation from that coverage
has been uploaded to the web a year after his funeral
with the video clips being available by clicking here

A page of other music by Marios Tokas
is provided in his memory,
and is visible by clicking here

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