Rost'om Saginashvili
K'olagi

Seventy-three years old at the time of recording, Rost’om Saginashvili is an important figure in the history of Georgian singing. 

 

A soloist for the Georgian State Ensemble directed by Anzor Kavsadze, Rost’om’s voice, alongside Ilia Zakaidze’s,1 is on a recording of ''Chak’rulo'' that was sent to the cosmos on the Voyager in 1977.2

 

1Ilia Zakaidze (1924-2008) was one of the most famous Georgian singers of the 20th century. 

 

2Carl Linich was the first to identify Rost’om and Ilia’s voices on the Voyager recording.  Read more about his important contributions to the world of Georgian music.

Rost'om Saginashvili - 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 back salt to their villages.  This is a work song that tells of that journey.

 

+ Lyrics

Urmuli

 

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 used while working the fields. These carts were taken with them on their journey to the mines to bring back salt.