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Iriao represents Georgia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest

Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao

For You

🇬🇪 Georgia
Second Semi-Final
Finished 18th
For You
Irina Sanikidze
David Malazonia; Mikheil Mdinaradze
On the internet
Georgian Public Broadcasting

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.

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 Sikvarulistvis Tundac erti tsutistvis Isev vagrzelebt gzas Rasaca gascem shenia