Zurab Revazishvili
Gavazi

Zurab was born and raised in Gavazi, a village in K'akheti at the foothills of the Caucasus Mountains.  Well-known amongst locals, he has led the Gavazi Ensemble for many years, which sings traditional songs from their regional home. At eighty-nine years of age at the time of recording, Zurab is as energetic as ever, working the vineyards by day and rehearsing by night.

 

To hear other artists from Gavazi and fellow members of the Gavazi Ensemble, visit the page of Tamara Chek'urishvili and Omar Ts'ereteli.

Urmuli
+ Song Info

A waggoner's song. Traditionally, peasants would travel all the way to the source of the Mt'k'vari River to bring salt back to their villages.  This is a work song that tells of that journey.  

 

To hear another version of this song, visit the page of Rost'om Saginashvili.

+ Lyrics

Urmuli

(scroll down for English translation)

 

Gasts’ie kharo gasts’ie

Satsaa gatendebao

 

Aghzevans mival marilze

Marils movit’an brolsao

 

Jer dedas gadavekhvevi bich’ebo

Mere shvilsa da tsolsao

 

 

Translation:

 

Urmuli1

 

Go on bull, go on

Dawn will soon break

 

I will go to Aghzevan for salt

I will bring back crystals of salt

 

First I will embrace my mother

And then my child and my wife

 

1Urmuli comes from uremi, which is a word to describe a bullock-cart that peasants would use while working the fields.  These carts would be taken with them on their journey to the mines to bring back salt.