Weekly World Music: “Mtielta Tamashobani (Mountain Song)” - Debi Gogochurebi

Debi Gogochurebi (Gogochuri Sisters) are a Georgian folk group consisting of four sisters from the Khevsureti region. Formed in 2009, the sisters perform modern highland melodies as well as traditional Khevsur folk songs. 


aylarca dinledim,kitap okurken,yolda yürürken,yemek yerken,yazı yazarken,makale yazarken,site yaparken,çocuklara etkinlik hazırlarken,misafire çay verirken,mutfakta meyve yerken,uyumadan önce tavana bakarken,sabah gözümü henüz açmışken… panduri zaten aşığım ama adam da dökmüş içini dökmüş hepimizin içini.


Sukhishvili dancers | Rob Hurson 

Dancers from the Sukhishvili Georgian National Ballet company perform Samaia, a Georgian dance rooted in ancient pagan tradition that has come to represent the transformation of King Tamar, the legendary medieval ruler of the (Christian) kingdom of Georgia.

King Tamar, the first woman to rule that nation in her own right, is its most revered historical figure. She established a pan-Caucasian empire that stretched “from the Sea of Pontus to the Sea of Gurgan, from Speri to Derbend, and all the Hither and Thither Caucasus up to Khazaria and Scythia”—under her command, Georgia became a regional power capable of massive military movement. 

But Samaia is a delicate dance. Three women, clad in traditional medieval Georgian costumes, symbolize Tamar’s evolution: from innocent maiden to wise mother to powerful king.

Thou Art the Vineyard
Nana Peradze And The Harmony Choir
Thou Art the Vineyard

Sacred Georgian Chants  -  Thou Art the Vineyard

Nana Peradze And The Harmony Choir

Georgian folk music is predominantly vocal and is widely known for its rich traditions of vocal polyphony. It is widely accepted in contemporary musicology that polyphony in Georgian music predates the introduction of Christianity in Georgia at the beginning of the 4th century AD.


ნინო ბაშარული - ის ვაჟი

Nino Basharuli - Is Vaji (That Boy) // Georgian Song


ლიზა ბაგრატიონი (Liza Bagrationi) — “Ganshoreba”

Music: Giya Kancheli  /  Lyrics: Peter Gruzinski

მხოლოდ დარდით,
მხოლოდ სევდით,
ასეთია ჩემი ბედი
· · · · ·
mkholod dardit’,
mkholod sevdit’,
aset’ia ch’emi bedi
· · · · ·
Only worry,
Only sorrow,
Such is my fate


I am so in love with this country…. *Georgian dreams*


So the co-pilot’s family gave me a CD of Georgian music for Christmas (‘Georgian Voices’ by the Rustavi Choir) and while I was well aware that Georgian folk songs are the Shit I’d never heard of this apparently super-famous dude. His name is Hamlet Gonashvili and he has a wonderful voice and also a wonderful mustache.

He died in 1985, but luckily video footage exists of him and his comrades in Really Cool Singing sitting around in a weirdly empty room looking in different directions and slouching a bit. Performance posture? Pff, whatever, let’s sing beautiful music like we’re just kind of hanging out in someone’s living room and maybe going to have a beer later on.


Georgian polyphonic singing


ტრიო მანდილი - აპარეკა/The trio Mandili-Apareka

Genre: Electronic Style: Illbient, IDM, Experimental
Year: 2003
Nika Machaidze (Nikakoi, Erast) is a georgian film director and an electronic musician. He did the soundtrack for the play “The Park” by Botho Strauß and makes music for fashion shows and for the TV. He is a member of the Goslab group.

Goslab, an artistic Georgian network that deals with different kinds of media such as film, video, art and music. As a film director every single part of Nikakoi’s extensive musical output is a little soundtrack : coherent pieces of electronic music with delicate melodic surprises, crispy breakbeats and astonishing pop voiceovers that create pleseant images of melancholic horizons and empty stepps inbetween the Kaukasian mountains, and hijack you phyisically to a foreign landscape.


Supruli Ensemble performing Lile at the These Sacred Voices Choir Competition, November 9th, 2013.

Trio: Carl Linich (top), Julia Read (middle), Andrew Broaddus (bass)


Top: Laura Stanley, Suzanne Clare, Willa Roberts

Middle: Kira Topik, Marina Kaganova, Pavi Mehta

Bass: Brian Dolphin, Charles Collins, Ezra Fischer, Ezra Halleck, Jay Longan, Jordan Lewis