Artist Profiles: Lela Tataraidze

Lela Tataraidze grew up in a family of musicians from Tusheti, the mountainous region of Georgia. With her sad eyes but a happy face, she is an excellent accordion and panduri player, and also a brilliant vocalist, who sings the popular songs of the mountains with a lot of emotion.

She was brought up in the musical atmosphere of her family and continued her studies at the school of music and later on at the philharmonic ensemble of Tbilisi, the capital of Georgia.

At the same time, Lela works at the Regional Cultural Center of her hometown and works as the soloist of the radio and television of Tbilisi.

She founded the trio ensemble of Kesane (which means the flower of Myosotis forget-me-not) and recorded her first CD for Pan Records in Holland in 1999. Lela is accompanied by two female singers and players of panduri and dayera, Marina Giorgadze and Lia Khountsaria.

Discography:

Janghi Morning Fog (Pan, 2000)

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 Televisión Española (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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