'Msho Gorani': Longing for Mush
June 15, 2018
"Msho Gorani," meaning “Longing for Mush,” is a folk song from the gaghtakans—emigrants from Western to Eastern Armenia— of Mush. It depicts the burning grief and longing for their exiled lands.
Ethno folk; rock; contemporary
Progressive folk/rock band, The Bambir, featured the song on their album, "The Blind Alley," taking many liberties from the original—at one point, sampling Komitas’ "Qélé Qélé" (another folk song) in the background with a flute and organ, and building up to the chorus using heavy metal intonation.
The song ends with a flock of birds in the background and a deep Johnny Cash-like timbre from the lead vocalist. This is definitely a different spin on this beloved Mshetsi tune.
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