Master of Kurdish dengbêjs Karapetê Xaço Dies in Armenia

Canada – Kurdish media sources reported the death of Karapetê Xaço. The influential artist died on January 15, 2005 in his village in Yerevan, Armenia.

He was well-known for his performances of popular Kurdish ballads such as Eyshana Elî, Evdalê Zeynikê, Diyarbekir Peytext e, Edulê, Çume Cizîrê, Filîtê Quto, Zembîlfirosh, Dewreshê Evdî, Meyrê, and many other kilams.
Karapetê Xaço was born in Bileyder (Beshiri) in the city of Batman in northern Kurdistan [now part of Turkey], in 1902. He lost his entire family in the Armenian Genocide in 1915. He was rescued and raised by a Kurdish family.

Karapetê Xaço worked for Yerevan radio for many years and was popular with many Kurds. He was 103 years old when he passed away. He has 1 son and 4 daughters as well as 15 grand children.

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