Nik’a sang in his village choir for twenty years before being given his first solo. Today he is the leader of the group, which is called Berik’atsebi (''Old Men'') and the possessor of an exquisite K’akhetian voice as well as a cellar full of some of the tastiest red wine. Nik’a sings beautiful ballads on the panduri1 and knows a great number of traditional songs off the top of his head. Just ask Nik’a about his repertoire and he will immediately pull the hand-written list from his breast pocket.
To hear another artist from K'ak'abeti, visit the page of Darejan Mirziashvili.
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.