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Tsangala da Gogona (Tsangala) - ცანგალა და გოგონა (ცანგალა)
Georgian, adapted from Tutarchela, Kavkasia Trio, and Rustavi


Fellow Yale Slavic Chorus member Hana learned this song in London, and we have had a blast singing it ever since. It’s a humorous dance song from Kartli-Kakheti region of Eastern Georgia where the singers egg on and encourage dancers—Tsangala is a man’s name, and the song should always be accompanied by a comedic dance. We’ve been told that often this kind of song would include improvised teasing text.


from Izvora, released September 9, 2016
Tsangala and the girl – hey girl, hey girl, hey!
Tsangala went to town; he stole grapes there.
He ate the grapes; he went to his grave for this.

Tsangala, move your feet like the chianuri!
Don’t touch a woman from this neighborhood;
she’s like a member of your family.

Tsangala is a good dancer;
he dances on his tiptoes the Georgian way.
If he stumbles and hurts himself, he’ll tell you it’s the girl’s fault.


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