Voices Of The Ancestors

The podcast about Georgian polyphonic songs and the women who sing them

Latest Episode 11: Khatia Turmanidze Finds Her Voice

Khatia Turmanidze by Susan Thompson

Meet 17 year old Khatia, who lives 700 metres above sea level in the singing village of Merisi in Ajara, West Georgia.

Despite being 2 hours from the nearest city, Khatia is not cut off – She has friends all over the world who have come to learn songs from her family – from Melbourne Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Austria, Ireland, UK and beyond.

Hear how she was finally convinced to join in her family’s songs around the supra table.

Enjoy the sounds of Merisi, like the babbling waterfalling and the singing birds recorded live on our trip there in April.

To watch the video of the ‘supra in the road’ go to: vimeo.com/26926089?fbclid=IwAR…DXMnmTMQCyrrfrbz5GXQ

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Music used in Episode 11:

Live Music: Khatia Turmanidze; the Turmanidze family and guests

Prerecorded Music: Ialoni; Sakhioba, Eteri Darchidze, Merisuli by a trio from the Eclesiastical Chant University of Tbilisi

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5 Star Apple Review – Fascinating & beautiful podcast

“This is such an interesting podcast, featuring beautiful voices, stories and songs from Georgia. Full of emotion, heart and wonderful music. I had no knowledge of this topic before listening, but love hearing from the people, teachers and singers of these traditional songs – a hidden gem of the world. bee_franz 12.12.2020

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