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Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao

Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao will represent Georgia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest with the song 'For You'.

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Iriao is an ethno-fusion band founded in Tbilisi, Georgia. The band’s repertoire is based on Georgian polyphonic music and harmony, saturated with jazz and modern music elements. 

The group's name is derived from a phrase, "Iriao-uruao" which comes the famous yodeling singing style "Krimanchuli" of Georgian traditional polyphonic music.

David Malazonia is the band leader and he was one of the first composers introducing this music genre in Georgia. Iriao’s debut performance took place in 2013 in Tbilisi and the group have gained recognition internationally ever since. 

Over the years Iriao has been invited to a number of important musical festivals around the globe. The band has performed at the Java Jazz Festival in Indonesia, Borneo Jazz Festival in Malaysia, Alfa Jazz Festival in Ukraine and other festivals in Austria, Poland and the Baltics.

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Lyrics of For You

Day – be longer
and melt the snow
to warm up the one, who felt cold in the night
Shine for us not for me
make the heart feel joyful for the others happiness
The sun rises in time
to grant people warmness
and the earth keeps turning with love
let understand the feelings of others, share with others
what is the heart if not break into nine pieces to share with others
the wind will carry the rest away
you own only what you share

day breaks the night
if I am by your side;

Something ends and there comes a new start
kindness will live forever on the earth
for you
for love
for just one flash
we go on our way

All is yours, what you share
Dgeo gadiddi
Tovli gaadne
Visac ufro Sescivda gamit , is metad gaatbe
Guli sxvisi bednierebit gaaxare

Mze amosvlas ar agvianebs
Sitbos achukebs adamianebs
Da dedamitsa sikvarulit trialebs

Sxvisi gaigo , sxvistvis gaigo
Guli ra aris cxrajer cxrad tu ar gaiko
Sxva kvelaferi, qarma tsaigo
Sheni mxolod is aris ,rasac sxvistvis tmob.

Dge atenebs games
Tu shens gverdit var me
Ragac mtavrdeba ,ragac itskeba
Qvekanad sikete iko, aris da iqneba.

Sheni gulistvis
Tundac erti tsutistvis
Isev vagrzelebt gzas
Rasaca gascem shenia