T'urpa Butkhuzi
Kvemo Kedi

A petite woman with a unique voice, T’urpa, (whose name means ''love''), is a schoolteacher in Kvemo Kedi. 

 

In the Shiraki Valley on the border of Azerbaijan, Kvemo Kedi was settled first by Pshavs in the beginning of the 20th century, when the highlanders were encouraged to move to the plains where they were given land and the opportunity to work.  

 

To hear more artists from Kvemo Kedi, visit the pages of Laura Burduli, Tamara Mgeliashvili, and Tsiura Beriashvili.

T'urpa Butkhuzi - Amas Amboben Pshavlebi
+ Song Info

T'urpa, the singer, is from a Pshav village in K'akheti. This song satirically talks about the dynamics between men and women during times of war.

 

 

 

 

 

+ Lyrics

Amas Amboben Pshavlebi

(scroll down for English translation)

 

Ch’erkhoshi dedan at’irdnen

Kalma shasts’qivna dzmanio

An up’at’ronet mamulsa

An kals shamart’qit khmalio

 

Amas amboben pshavlebi

Chamogvitovna mtanio

Chven mt’eri veras gagvak’lebs

Rom ar ekneba gzanio

 

Chemsa utkharit sat’rposa

Barem maik’las tavio

K’akhetshi maints chavides

Ikit morek’os jario

 

Amas amboben pshavlebi

Chamogvitovna mtanio

Chven mt’eri versa gagvak’lebs

Rom ar ekneba gzanio

 

T’ialo brolis tsikheo

Shishit gakanebs kario

Chaitsvi rk’inis p’erangi

Amoanate khmalio

 

Amas amboben pshavlebi

Chamogvitovna mtanio

Chven mt’eri versa gagvak’lebs

Rom ar ekneba gzanio

 

Translation:

 

This Is What Pshavs Are Saying

 

Mothers were crying at the cherkho1

Women were arguing with their brothers,

Saying, Either go fight for our fatherland

Or give us your swords

 

This is what the Pshavs2 say:

There's snow in the mountains

The enemy won't touch us

For there are no roads

 

Go tell my beloved

She might as well kill herself

Or yet try going down to K’akheti3

And bring us back an army

 

This is what the Pshavs2 say:

There's snow in the mountains

The enemy won't touch us

For there are no roads

 

You crystal fortress

Frightened by the wind,

Just put on your dress of armour

And show your sword!

 

This is what the Pshavs2 say:

There's snow in the mountains

The enemy won't touch us

For there are no roads

 

1The archaic name for the clan house, a term used in the northeast highlands.

 

2People from Pshavi, a highland in northeastern Georgia. Read more about Pshavi here.  

 

3K'akheti was historically a large lowland kingdom close to Pshavi.