Streaming audio from former Soviet Georgia.
March 11, 2008 11:09 AM Subscribe
posted by nebulawindphone (11 comments total)
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of traditional music
from the former Soviet republic of Georgia. This is some of the strangest
, most haunting
singing you can hear on this planet. (And check out those swell outfits
The front page tracks are:
- Orira, sung by the Georgian Voices. That yodeling you hear is called krimanchuli.
- Chona, sung by the Mamuli folk ensemble.
- Lechkhumuri Makruli, sung by the Rustavi Choir, who are probably the best-known in America of all these groups thanks to a few albums that came out here in the 90s.
- The youtube link is a Georgian pop group called Orera. Apparently several of the members went on to get famous in the Soviet Union, but I'm having trouble finding information on them in English.
There's a lot of good stuff elsewhere on the site, although there's also a lot of broken links, missing files and badly ripped audio; browsing through it can be frustrating. Some of my current favorites:
- Kheuro, by the Mamuli ensemble: slow and powerful.
- Orovela, by the Rustavi Choir: no harmony to speak of on this one, but the melody's worth it. The penultimate phrase gives me shivers — it's like he just tosses his voice into the air and waits for it to come down.
- Khasanbegura is one of the classics of the Georgian repertoire. It's sung here by the Georgian Voices; if you're into yodeling, though, be sure to check out this snippet of it on youtube, which really showcases the awesome krimanchuli part.
- This set of recordings from the 30s by Varlam Simonishvili. Some really intense performances; sadly, the sound quality's not great. More brilliant yodeling if you're into that sort of thing.
- Mravaljamier, by Quintet Urmuli. ("Mravaljamier" isn't a title so much as a genre of songs — they're toasts wishing someone long life. You can find more examples on the Georgian Voices page.)
So far I've been linking to folk choirs, but there's a whole parallel tradition of sacred polyphony
in the Orthodox church: