Table Songs of Georgia

Tsinandali Choir

Released 25 January 1993

  1. Kakhuri Mravaljamieri
  2. Makruli
  3. Shashvi, Kakabi
  4. Orobela
  5. Turpani Skhedan
  6. Zamtari
  7. Diambego
  8. Shemodzakhili
  9. Berikatsi Var
  10. Chakrulo

Liner notes

Table songs are the musical expression of the Georgian cult of wine, and the Tsinandali Choir are famous for their stirring and powerful renditions of this music.

Different occasions and events bring Georgians together around their large wooden tables to drink, eat and sing – a birth, a death, a marriage or a holiday. Singing is as natural a part of everyday life as breathing!

The Tsinandali Choir is carrying on this ancient tradition in the deep, sonorous polyphonic style of Georgian music. An album recorded in Tbilisi and licensed from Melodia.

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