Leila (1938-2013) was seventy-five years old at the time of recording. Born along the peaceful Iori River in the village of Duluzaurebi, she married seven kilometers upstream in Kvemo Art’ani, the village where she spent the rest of her life.
While in the 1960’s Kvemo Art’ani had many residents, today its houses are mostly empty. It is a fantastically beautiful part of the country where Leila is from – nested in the river valley amidst rolling hills and a view of the Pshavi highlands. Leila enjoyed singing her whole life, and in her youth put on concerts in Tianeti with her peers.
Leila passed away in early summer, 2013. She is survived by three daughters, eight grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.
To hear another artist from Kvemo Art’ani, visit the page of Mariam Gorelashvili.