Born in the village of Arghuni, Babuli says she was ''always attracted to the joy of music.'' As a child, she asked her neighbor who owned a panduri1 to teach her a few songs, and recalls the ease at which she memorized the ones she liked. She remembers spending hours in school unable to sit still, constantly moving around and singing.
Today she has five children, one cow and a pig, and frequently walks up into the woods to pick mushrooms that she sells at the local Sunday market. When asked to sing, Babuli joyfully says: ''I have children, grandchildren, a home and a door. I have work and I am not lazy. I don’t have one reason not to sing!''
1A three-stringed, fretted lute common in all regions of northeastern Georgia. The instrument is most frequently used to accompany ballad singing. Read more about the panduri here.