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The first recordings in the Georgian Republic. Mravalzhamier 1912

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Published on Mar 1, 2009

The first recordings in the Georgian Republic
Choir of Shilda, province of Kakheti Levan Asabashvili, director. recorded 1912 (Gramophone C3-14716, matrix #3181ae; 02:00)
17. Mravalzhamier ("Long Life")

This is the most popular of all table songs from Kakheti, and often sung as a wish for long life to any individual at the banquet. It exists in many variants, of which this is unique to Levan Abasashvili.


Choir of Shilda (modern-day region of Kvareli), Kakheti

"Dedas Levana" [Levan Asabashvili] (1854-1936), director

Tracks 17-18

Levan Asabashvili, more commonly referred to as "Dedas Levana," is revered as perhaps the greatest singer of Kakhetian folk song of the 20th century. Celebrated Georgian composer Zakaria Paliashvili wrote about him: "He is a tall, imposing villager of about 45 years. This giant of a man has such a large and powerful voice that many an opera singer should envy him." Asabashvili's choir recorded eight Kakhetian songs on gramophone discs, all of which are unique variants.


17. Mravalzhamier ("Long Life")

This is the most popular of all table songs from Kakheti, and often sung as a wish for long life to any individual at the banquet. It exists in many variants, of which this is unique to Levan Abasashvili.

Choir of Shilda (modern-day region of Kvareli), Kakheti

"Dedas Levana" [Levan Asabashvili] (1854-1936), director

Tracks 17-18

Levan Asabashvili, more commonly referred to as "Dedas Levana," is revered as perhaps the greatest singer of Kakhetian folk song of the 20th century. Celebrated Georgian composer Zakaria Paliashvili wrote about him: "He is a tall, imposing villager of about 45 years. This giant of a man has such a large and powerful voice that many an opera singer should envy him." Asabashvili's choir recorded eight Kakhetian songs on gramophone discs, all of which are unique variants.
Choir of Makvaneti, province of Guria Gigo Erkomaishvili (1840-1907), director Tracks 19-25

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    • Drinking Horns & Gramophones 1902-1914 - The First Recordings In The Georgian Republic
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