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Georgia (Georgian: , Sakartvelo) is a transcontinental country in the Caucasus region, located at the dividing line between Europe and Asia. It is bordered by the Russian Federation to the north, Azerbaijan to the east, Armenia to the south, and Turkey to the southwest.
Founded in the capitol city of Tbilisi in 1958 by lead vocalist and guitarist Robert Bardzimashvili, Oрэрa became a Soviet sensation on the scale of Beatlemania. The group, which included several male voices and sometimes a female one, grew out of the Georgian musical tradition of polyphonic choirs. They fused many styles – choral pop, jazz, Georgian and Russian folk music into their own sound. The band also launched the careers of Vakhtang “Buba” Kikabidze and Nani Bregvadze.
Oрэрa reached a peak of thier popularity by 1967 when they represented the USSR at the World EXPO in Canada. The band was one of a few Soviet groups that were allowed to tour around the world. Their repertoire included popular Soviet songs as well as folk songs from different countries and renowned international hits.
In 1975, Bardzimashvili left Oрэрa to form one of the first Soviet rock bands – Via-75, who were popular throughout the Soviet Union as one of the first and officially sanctioned rock bands in the country. In the post-Soviet years, Bardzimashvili headed the Tbilisi Opera and established the Lakhti Studio music school for children. Bardzimashvili was awarded the highest official honor of the National Artist of the Georgian SSR, and in 2000 Oрэрa received a star on the Plozhad Zvezd in Moscow. He passed away passed away in 2003.
Catalog number ГOCT – 5289 – 61 / ЦEHA 1 – 30 on Dolgoigrayuschaya of Tbilisi, Georgia. No release date listed.