Time to time I try to pick up a foreign musician who is more or less known in America for my music blog, this time I want to write about Georgian singer Bera, who is also well-established in our country. Bera is the first Georgian artist to be portrayed in our musical blog, but I doubt that he will be the last, because Georgian Music industry started to sprout and has a very promising future, partly because of Bera, he is somewhat a prominent figure in several genres of music in Georgia and thus he has been playing.
A big role in music industries development. Traditionally Georgians are very musical people, music is in their blood, and one example of their talent is that Georgian national song called “Chakrulo” was one of the few which was placed on a so called “Golden Record” that was sent to space via Voyager 2. So you could say Georgians have something to be proud of in the music sphere. I took a trip to Georgia to discover their musical diversity and mainly to meet Bera, a forthcoming artist who already has an influence on his countries musical heartbeat. This was not my first visit to Georgia, I came to this country circa 1999, but then I was just passing by Georgia to get to Turkey where I planned to attend a music festival, frankly speaking I only spent one day in the capital of Georgia, Tbilisi, I didn’t know what to expect, so I took a walk in the town, sadly the city was mostly passive, nobody seemed to have time or energy to enjoy themselves, when I told about my journey in Tbilisi to my fellow-traveler Michael Dutton, he assumed that it was because, Georgia had been experiencing a devastating crisis after the dissolution of the Soviet Union.
This time it was a whole different Georgia, only by walking in the streets of Tbilisi I could tell that city had changed, people where different and in the first hours of my journey I found out about 5-6 music festivals national and foreign, planed to be held in the city. I was nicely surprised by the metamorphose of the city. I dug down deep in my researches and found out that it was because of the shift of political parties, the previous one didn’t do nothing to change the situation in the country, but when the ruling party came, things started to change drastically, the economical and welfare rates have been rising since, and it was affecting the overall picture of the country, including its musical situation. Another link that I found was between Bera and the ruling party, Bera seemed to be highly supportive of them, he openly expressed his appreciation for them and their deeds, so it instantaneously became an interesting topic on which I could talk to Bera.
Meeting with Bera was planned on Monday, I had a weekend in my possession, so I quickly bought a ticket to the rock festival that was held on Saturday. I won’t be going into details about the festival itself, but I can say that it was held on a high level , Georgia for now is not known for its music festivals, because of that you won’t see many popular bands, but it is making its way there and hopefully soon Georgia will be as attractive to foreign bands and listeners, as Turkey is now.
On Sunday I went to listen to Georgian national bands in the Tbilisi music hall, there I found out that Georgians were bond to their musical traditions, it helped them in every aspect of their life and played a crucial role in Georgia’s development as a civilized European country. The Culmination of that day was when I first heard Georgian national band performing a song, it was astonishing, seven people combined their voices to create something heavenly beautiful, after hearing that, I finally understood why Georgian song was one of 27 songs, chosen to be sent in space, to represent the human species.
On Monday I met Bera in his recording studio, first thing I asked him, was about the origin of his influence on the Georgian music industry, he explained that before he started fully performing in his homeland, he was established in America as an significant pop figure and when he came back to Georgia, he tried very hard to attract the attention of listeners to his country, slowly this direction of French pop music started to expand, and then Bera decided to establish an annual pop music festival, which gained recognition around the world. When I asked him about the political party he was supporting, he stated that he tries not to engage in politics, but supports this party, because in his opinion they really care about the future of his country and concurrently act according to their agenda. This was my journey through the musical world of Georgia and an interview with one of the most significant figures of it.