Artist Profiles: Hamlet Gonashvili

Hamlet Gonashvili

Hamlet Gonashvili was born June 20, 1928. He was considered the voice of Georgia. He was an outstanding soloist, influential teacher and brilliant performer of traditional Georgian music.

Born in the Eastern part of the country, he was know to be the best interpreter of songs from the regions of Kartli and Kakheti. He played an important role in the world-famous Rustavi choir, the first choir in Georgia to include into its program songs from all regions of the country.

At the height of his creative powers Hamlet Gonashvili died in a tragic accident in 1985 falling off a tree while picking apples. He had been awarded his country’s most important honors and prizes.

After a year of research the German label JARO managed to discover missing tapes in Russia that document Gonashvili’s solo works, in order to produce a collection of his most impressive songs. the result was the album Hamlet.

Discography:

Hamlet (JARO, 1985)

Author: Angel Romero

Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several TV specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for TelevisiĆ³n EspaƱola (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World.

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