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Nana Bojgua - O, Mingrelia


The Mingrelians (მარგალი, margali; მეგრელები, megrelebi) are a subethnic group of Georgians that mostly live in Samegrelo (Mingrelia) region of Georgia. They also live in considerable numbers in Abkhazia and Tbilisi. Approximately 180,000-200,000 people of Mingrelian provenance have been expelled from Abkhazia as a result of the Georgian-Abkhaz conflict in the early 1990s and the ensuing ethnic cleansing of Georgians in this separatist region. Most Mingrelians speak both the Mingrelian and Georgian language which belong to the Kartvelian language family (also known as South Caucasian language family), but use only the Georgian alphabet.

The Mingrelians are descendants of several Colchian tribes (Such as: Manraloi, Heniochi, Machelones, Macrones, Mossynoeci, Drilae, Zydretae) and constitute one of the building blocks of the unified Georgian nation that emerged after the kingdoms of the west (Colchis) and east (Iberia) were united under Christianity in the middle of the first millennium AD. Early in the Middle Ages, Mingrelian aristocracy and clergy, later followed by laymen, adopted the national Georgian tongue as a language of literacy and culture. After the fragmentation of the Kingdom of Georgia in the 15th century, Mingrelia was an autonomous principality until being annexed by the Russian Empire in the 19th century.

In several censuses under the Russian Empire and the early Soviet Union, Mingrelians were mistakenly considered a separate group, largely because at the time of the annexation Mingrelia was politically separate from the eastern Georgian regions, historical political and cultural centers of the Medieval Georgian Kingdoms. They were, however, reclassified under the broader category of Georgian in the 1930s. Currently, most Mingrelians identify themselves as a subgroup of the Georgian nation and have preserved many characteristic cultural features - including the Mingrelian language - that date back to the pre-Christian Colchian era when the modern-day ethnic group of Georgians had yet to consolidate into a nation, rather than a collection of regional tribes.

The first President of an independent Georgia, Zviad Gamsakhurdia (19391993), was a Mingrelian. Therefore, after the violent Coup d'etat of December 21, 1991 - January 6, 1992, Samegrelo became the centre of a civil war, which ended with the defeat of Gamsakhurdia's supporters.

Artist: Nana Bojgua / ნანა ბიჯგუა
Album: Collection
Tracks: 17


1. Ananuri / ანანური
2. Bichma gimili machuqa / ბიჭმა ღიმილი მაჩუქა
3. Cxenwyarchqari / ცხენწყარჩქარი
4. Dilo voi nana / დილო ვაი ნანა
5. Gitara / გიტარა
6. Granada / გრენადა
7. Mapshalia (Simgera Abkhazetze) / მაფშალია (სიმღერა აბხაზეთზე)
8. Maxaria / მახარია
9. Netai bicho me da shen / ნეტაი ბიჭო მე და შენ
10. O, sole mio
11. Patara / პატარა
12. Samargalo jinji xati chqimi / სამარგალო ჯინჯი ხატი ჩქიმი
13. Si req chqimi gurish mangi / სი რექ ჩქიმი გურიშ მანგი
14. Sisa tura / სისატურა
15. Skan chiri qobgolamudasi / სკანი ჭირი ქობღოლამუდასი
16. Skan maskvama / სკან მასკვამა
17. Vai, shuri sayvareli / ვაი შური საყვარელი

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  • Model: Audio CD
  • Artist: Nana Bojgua
  • Music Genre: Folk

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