Katara – the Cultural Village hosted renowned musical soiree “Stars of Georgia” to mark the 25th anniversary celebration of Georgia’s independence at the Katara Opera House.
The event, in collaboration with the embassy of Georgia in Doha, is part of Katara’s vision of bring cultures together and enrich the international cultural scene. It was attended by different embassy officials in Doha.
“There is no culture separate from music. Music breathes through Georgia’s ancient civilisation. Music permeates Georgia’s medieval architecture, and its contemporary paintings and sculptures,” said Georgian ambassador Ekaterine Meiering-Mikadze, stressing that music fills Georgia’s rich literature.
“In Georgia, music is everywhere. Nothing in our country ever developed in isolation and its geography is where cultures intersect,” she noted.
The show featured top performances depicting Georgia’s rich musical expressions and artistic forms, ranging from the unique traditional polyphonic a Capella chant to popular urban songs from across Georgia.
The concert also portrayed romances reflecting the spirit of Tbilisi where manners and customs, languages and creeds, arts and crafts have been moulded over the centuries into a pluralistic urban culture.
The musical soiree started with the ensemble “Georgian voices”, who transmitted the full sound of the authentic singing technique and enthralled the attendees with the rich repertoire of traditional popular music.
Following the choir, renowned pianist David Mazanashvili, who began to play piano when he was four years old, performed charming musical and classical compositions.
Two artistes also thrilled the audience with their traditional and authentic vocal sound: Eka Mamaladze and Nani Bregvadze.
Mamaladze is an artist in a class of her own, growing up in music with her mother Nani Bregvadse. Nani is “the grand lady of songs” and a living icon, who is highly regarded in Georgia and beyond for her stage presence and nuanced renditions of popular songs and city romances.
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