• ა – Trailer – A brief introduction to the podcast. (No Transcript Available)
  • ბ – Prelude – How ‘Voices of the Ancestors’ came into being.

Transcripts of Episodes

1 – Connection and Isolation – singing through Covid-19 lockdown. Guest – Jen Morris, USA, founder and director of Seattle’s Georgian choir onefourfive.

2 – Shepherds and Bear Prints with Jenny Barrett – ever wondered what the difference between a city song and folk song is? Or how songs vary through the different regions of Georgia? Jenny, singer with choirs Maspindzeli and Chela in the UK, takes you on a whistle-stop tour of Georgian singing, while telling tales of traveling in Tusheti and Svaneti and hosting Gigi Garakanidze in the UK.  With music by Ialoni, Mtiebi, Kimilia, Maspindzeli, the Chamgeliani sisters and Levan Bitarovi, Sakhioba and Mzetamze.

3 – Healing Songs and Circle Dances with Nino Naneishvili – “It’s one of the most valuable feelings, when your ancestor, your old generation hears his own songs. And when you perform it in your variation, improvisation and when they are happy. It’s I think the biggest gift a performer can feel.”
Nino Naneishvili, ethnomusicologist and musical director of women’s ensemble Ialoni ( tells us how she collected a healing song from a tiger and adapted it into her own style.