Zhuzhuna has lived her whole life in an area historically called Hereti, a territory that borders Azerbaijan in the foothills of the Caucasus. She began playing the panduri1 at an early age, and in her youth enjoyed writing her own songs.
Zhuzhuna has three daughters who all live locally, and the family enjoys singing together to this day.
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.