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date: 20 September 2019

Erkomaishvili familylocked

  • Joseph Jordania


Georgian family of folksingers. They came from the region of Guria (western Georgia).

(b Makvaneti, nr Ozurgeti, 1839; d Makvaneti, May 7, 1947). Son of Ivane Erkomaishvili, the brilliant krimanchuli (yodeller) and singer. Gigo became the leader of the famous Ensemble of Gigo Erkomaishvili which also included the excellent yodeller Giorgi Babilodze. In Tbilisi in 1907 this ensemble made one of the first recordings in Georgia of 42 songs, organized by the English company Gramophone. The ensemble made appearances throughout Georgia and in Leningrad (now St Petersburg), with recording sessions in 1929 in Leningrad. Gigo had ten children, three of whom, Artem, Anania and Vladimer, became famous folksingers.

(b Makvaneti, Oct 22, 1887; d Ozurgeti, Feb 2, 1967). Son of (1) Gigo Erkomaishvili. He was an expert in church-singing tradition and a songwriter. He sang a traditional repertory acquired from his family. From ...

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