Karapete Xaco was born 1902 during the genocide and lived until he died in 2005 in the age of 103 years old (!). Xaco lost his whole in the genocide in 1915, he was raised an rescued by a kurdish family.
This makes Mr Xaco the most famous and oldest Kurdish singing Armenian in history.
During his life Karapete sang songs like Ay lo miro, Adulle, Cume Cizire, Ximxime tore Vana and Le daye.
Kurdistan and Hayastan´s tribute to Karpete XacoIn the year of 1946 the Xaco family moved to the Armenian capital Yerevan, there he began to sing in the Kurdish Service of Yerevan Radio in 1955 where he also worked. He died in Yerevan.
One of Mr Xaco´s five children, Seyrop Xaco, said on his fathers funural:
“although my father was an Armenian origin, he felt closer to the Kurds and for this reason he served Kurdish music as a dengbêj (singer). He always deeply felt the grief and sorrow of the Kurdish people who have long suffered at least as much as Armenian people and wanted to express this pain with Kurdish kilams (songs)”
We will never forget one of the main bridges between the Armenian and Kurdish culture.