Tamuna Beridze
Sighnaghi

Tamuna was born and raised in Sighnaghi, a town in the historical region of Kiziqi surrounded by the remnants of an 18th century fortification.  The village is known for its proximity to Bodbe Monastery1 and for its stunning views of the Alazani Valley and the Caucasus Mountains.  Tamuna has been a member of Zedashe Ensemble for many years and her voice can be heard on a number of their albums.

 

Today Tamuna lives with her husband and three young children in a house overlooking the mountains.

 

1The Monastery of Saint Nino at Bodbe holds the relics of Saint Nino, the patron saint of Georgia.  It serves as an important place of pilgrimage for members of the Georgian Orthodox Christian faith.

Tamuna Beridze - Mariamula
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Text written by poet Ana K’alandadze, this song was made famous by the Tush singer Lela Tataraidze.

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Mariamula

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Mze chamakhedavs shuapkhos

Gaighvidzeben serebi

Aragze ibalakheben

/Lurj qajriani tskhenebi/

 

Tutibo dzmaos gakhedavs

Tvals moichrdilavs khelita

Shen sait gadaiprindebi

/K’vlav sheni shavra tskhenita/

 

Dadumda mariamula

Aragvi rad ar idzinebs

Mtidan gor lurji varsk’vlavi

/Tsimtsimebs kreba tsimtsimebs/

 

Translation:

 

Mariamula

 

The sun looks down on Shuapkho1

The hills are awakening

The beautiful blue horses

Will eat grass along the Aragvi2

 

Tutibo looks at his brother

He shades his eyes with his hand

Where will you fly off to again

With your black horse?

 

Mariamula was speechless

Why does the Aragvi not sleep?

The gathering of blue stars from the mountain hills

Winks and twinkles, winks and twinkles.

 

1The largest village in the Pshavi Valley, a highland region in northeastern Georgia

 

2The major river of the eastern Georgian highlands of Khevsureti and Pshavi. The 112 kilometer long Aragvi was dammed in Zhinvali in 1986, forming the Zhinvali Reservoir which provides power to much of Georgia. The river eventually flows to Mtskheta. The river has four important tributaries, all called Aragvi - Black Aragvi, White Aragvi, Pshav Aragvi and Khevsur Aragvi.

Tamuna Beridze - K'akhetze
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This song is based on a poem by Ioseb Noneshvili (1921-1980).  

 

In her book ''An Anthology of Georgian Poetry'', Venera Urushadze writes of Noneshvili that he has ''travelled much and the varied scenes and people he has seen and met are reflected in many of his poems with a simplicity of style and masterly choice of words and expression (pg 218)''.

 

The singing of Ilia Zakaidze, one of Georgia’s most famous 20th century singers, made this song famous.

 

To hear another version of this song, visit the page of Nanina Ensemble.

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K’akhetze

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Tsiv gomboridan simgherit

Sitsotskhlis gadmosakhedi

Moschans iisper ghrublebshi

K’akheti, chveni k’akheti, he he he…


         Ai, k’akheti mtebs da velebze

         Rom ar tskhreboda mt’rebis tareshi

         Tval motsimtsime kalishvilebi

         Qvavilebivit chanan qanebshi

Ghrublebi amaghlebula

Vit alaverdis t’adzari

Pikrivit mimopant’ula

Nangrevebi da natsari, he he he…


         Natsikharebi hqvavis amier

         Atasi ts’lobit gadabuguli

         Gadarbaislon mravalzhamier

         Gulidan gulze galobs bulbuli

 

Translation:

 

K'akheti

 

From the Tsiv-Gombori1 in song

Life’s view can be seen

In the violet clouds

K’akheti, our K’akheti2

 

Ah K’akheti, mountains and valleys

The enemies' raids

The twinkling of our daughters’ eyes

Like flowers, lighting up the cornfields

 

The clouds rise,

Like Alaverdi Cathedral3

And in a thought, dispersing

The ruins and ashes

 

One thousand years incinerated

Long life!

The nightingale sacredly sings

From heart to heart.

 

1A mountain range within the Caucaus Mountains in K'akheti which separates the Iori and Alazani river valleys.

 

2Situated in eastern Georgia, K'akheti is a region that centuries ago was an independent kingdom. Telavi is the capital of K'akheti.

 

3A famous monastery in the eastern Georgian region of K'akheti.  The monastery was founded in the 6th century by Joseph Alaverdeli from Antioch, one of the Thirteen Assyrian Fathers.