Marios Tokas

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Marios Tokas
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Bust of Marios Tokas, in Nicosia Cyprus
Background information
Born (1954-06-08)June 8, 1954
Origin Limassol, Cyprus
Died April 27, 2008(2008-04-27) (aged 53)
Athens, Greece
Occupation(s) Composer
Instruments Vocals, Piano, Guitar
Years active 1978–2008
Associated acts Dimitris Mitropanos, Yiannis Parios, Charis Alexiou, Dimitra Galani, Manolis Mitsias, Manos Loizos

Marios Tokas (Greek: Μάριος Τόκας) (8 June 1954 – 27 April 2008) Cypriot composer of traditional music born in Limassol, Cyprus. In the 1974 invasion, he fought as a soldier against the Turkish invaders. In 1975, he went to Athens in order to study in the philosophical school.[1] At the same time, he studied in the Ethniko Odio because he wanted to start a career as a musician. In 2004, Tokas and his six-member orchestra gave a concert in Vienna. The concert was co-organised by the Greek Society of Austria and the Athens Sports Association "Pantalkis" with the support of the General Secretariat of Hellenism Abroad of the Greek Foreign Ministry, under the auspices of the Cypriot ambassador to Austria.

Death[edit]

On 27 April 2008, Tokas died of cancer in Athens. Cypriot president Dimitris Christofias had visited him in the hospital towards the end of his life.[2] He was buried in Athens' First cemetery.[3]

He is regarded by some as the most prominent composer in Cyprus and Greece. M. Tokas may be remembered for his passion for Cyprus and the connection of his music with Cyprus.

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