GREECE – The last farewell to the representative of the rebetiko song Agathon Iakovides, relatives and friends said earlier today.
In a modest ceremony in the village cemetery, in Evangelismos Langadas, Agathon was buried, in the presence of relatives and friends who kept the necessary distances due to the measures for the coronavirus pandemic.
Agathon Iakovides passed away in the early hours of Wednesday, at the age of 65, from a heart attack in his sleep.
One of the last masters of rebetiko suddenly breathed his last at the age of 65. Agathonas left and plunged the Greek music scene into grief.
At noon on Thursday, in his hometown, just outside Thessaloniki, the funeral of Agathon took place. His friends said goodbye to him with the sound of the baglama, which he loved so much and never left, spreading emotion to those present. Watch the video from the ceremony.
Agathon lakovides was born in Evangelismos, in the Lagada province in 1955. He was devoted to rebetiko music, loyally serving it since 1973, refusing to sing any other – even more popular- styles. In 1977, lakovides created the Rebetiko band of Thessaloniki and he released two records. In 1981 he moved to Athens, where he worked with famous Greek musicians.
In 1987 he married Erifili Hontolidou. Together they had a son, Nikos, who studies physics, plays the oud and sung together with Agathon in many concerts, radio and television shows.
In 2013, he spontaneously collaborated with Greek rock band Koza Mostra, founded by Ilias Kozas in 2011. Together, they took part in the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 where they finished 6th in the Grand Final with the song Alcohol Is Free.
Early in May 2020, Agathon collaborated with the Papageorgiou hospital in Thessaloniki and played rebetiko songs at the entrance, as a sign of gratitude for dealing with the pandemic.