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'Nino': The most upbeat breakup song

Anna Khachatryan

June 15, 2018

Music

By Lilly Torosyan

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'Nino': The most upbeat breakup song

This combination of unfiltered grief and immense happiness is a common feature of the Armenian folk genre.

Genre

Ethno folk; pop; folk dance; mashup

Released

2010

Location

Armenia; Mush

Duration

4:44

One of the strongest vocalists to come out of Armenia in the past decade is Anna Khachatryan. Her style ranges from contemporary pop to hard rock to traditional Armenian folk songs. This mashup of the ironic Sasuntsi kef song, "Nino," and Mush standard, "Msho Gorani," is a surefire hit at dance parties.

Excerpts

Though "Nino" is always performed in an upbeat way, it is—at its core—a song of lament. The chorus reverberates, “Nino rejected me, I’m sad while my love is having a party.” "Msho Gorani" is a slow-tempo song of longing for the plains of Mush and the singer’s lover. The combination of the two songs is quite popular, especially at weddings and other celebrations.

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