‘Singing medicine’ was a performance inspired by the Batonebo songs from the Republic of Georgia. These healing songs were traditionally sung by women to sick babies or children. Batonebo means ‘Lords’ and the Batonebo songs, in their lyrics, address the evil spirits (the ‘lords’) who caused the child’s disease, in order to appease them and coax them away from the child’s body.
We, Zurmukhti, are a Dublin-based choir passionate about singing Georgian harmonies and sharing them with others.
Fort the 5 Lamps Festival, we would like to offer members of the public the opportunity to sit inside our circle of Batonebo, healing songs and harmonies, for as long as they wish and get a good dose of our ‘Singing medicine’ to soothe the body and warm the heart. Side-effects: people have been known to develop a smile after prolonged exposure to the medicine. Come and try!