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'PreGomesh'/'Lorva Gutanerg': The international hit that propelled Armo folk to new heights

Sirusho

June 15, 2018

Music

By Lilly Torosyan

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'PreGomesh'/'Lorva Gutanerg': The international hit that propelled Armo folk to new heights

You may have heard her 2012 mega hit, "PreGomesh," but did you know that it was based on a folk song?

Genre

Ethno folk; contemporary; pop; single

Released

2012

Location

Armenia

Duration

4:01

Link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxxnY-QTUGU

If you know any contemporary Armenian singers, Sirusho is probably at the top of your list.

The Armenian pop star drew inspiration from none other than the genocide-era priest and founder of Armenian national music, Komitas. The beginning of the "PreGomesh" music video features a recording of the folk song, "Lorva Gutanerg (“The Plough’s Song”), with Komitas Vardapet’s vocals. The song is from the Lori region and was collected, analyzed, and arranged by Komitas.

The dance-pop track may be a long ways from the original, but its modern beats have introduced a new group of fans to the genius that was Komitas and the beauty that is our national folk tradition.

Video

  • "PreGomesh" by Sirsho

    Video: Sirusho YouTube page

  • "Lorva Gutanerg" by JOmitas (Paris, 1912)

    Video: Sirusho YouTube page

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