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Lela Tsurtsumia (Georgian: ლელა წურწუმია) (born 12 February 1969) is a Georgian pop singer and actress. She broke through in 1999 and nowadays is the most popular Georgian female singer. In 2000, she was the first female to perform show in Tbilisi Concert Hall. She sings in Georgian, Mingrelian and Laz languages.

Lela Tsurtsumia
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Background information
Born (1969-02-12) 12 February 1969 (age 50)
Tbilisi, Georgia
Origin Georgia
GenresPop, soul, dance, folk music
Occupation(s)Singer, actress
Instruments
  • Vocals
Years active1999–present


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Music styleEdit

Tsurtsumia's music is mostly pop and soul, with some tunes of ethno/folk music. Earlier in her career, she had some electronic tunes too, e.g., her track "Idumali Game," remixed by DJ AKA.

BandEdit

In 2006, Tsurtsumia began to form her live band. After two month of rehearsals she and the band began touring Georgia, and had two concerts in Athens, Greece. After that they were invited to held "Imedi TV" sessions. This was a live concert, which was recorded and released on DVD and CD, called LIVE - Lela Tsurtsumia.

The band features:

Backing vocals:

  • Rati Durglishvili
  • Gvanca Kachkachishvili

Sound engineer:

  • Alex Nonikoff

2000-2007Edit

Her concert in 2000 was the first show concert in Georgia held by Georgian a singer.[1]

In 2002, Tsurtsumia had another successful show at Tbilisi Sport Hall, with more than 25,000 spectators attending the show, arecord. Another record was set in 2004, when she released the popular album Suleli Tsvima (Crazy Rain), which sold more than 60,000 copies in Georgia. Tsurtsumia also has sold more than 10,000 albums abroad, in Israel, the U.S., and Russia.

Tsurtsumia's songs are covered in other countries. In Armenia she's so popular, that songs like "Samba" and "Love Story" charted #1 in the country and were covered by Armenian singers.

After 2006, Tsurtsumia appeared on stage only with her live jazz band.

On 11 August 2006, she had a live concert in Zugdidi in front of more than 40,000 people.[2]

In 2007, Tsurtsumia released her first live album, called LIVE - Lela Tsurtsumia. "Never seen before quality of live performance and post-production in Georgia"[This quote needs a citation] - said one Georgian music magazine reviewer.

In 2007, Tsurtsumia signed with the label Art Lend and her albums were distributed on some European e-stores, such as The Orchard.[3]

DiscographyEdit

Studio albumsEdit

Compilation albumsEdit

  • The Best(2002)
  • The Best (Israel, 2006)
  • The Best (USA, 2006)

Acting rolesEdit

Year Film Role
2008 Piko
2011 Darchi Chemtan (Stay with Me) Qeti
2011 Garigeba 20 Tslis Shemdeg (Deal After 20 Years) Tsiala

ReferencesEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2007-09-28. Retrieved 2007-07-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ Peoples Bank Archived 2007-09-29 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ The Orchard - Artist Discography Archived 2012-09-13 at Archive.today