Tuesday, February 04, 2014

#ESC 2014: THE SHIN & MARIKO FOR GEORGIA


Georgia announced today that the band The Shin will represent the country in Copenhagen 2014 Eurovision with Mariko Ebralidze as lead vocalists. No news about the song yet, but now that they have the act they can go shopping abroad for the song. Last year Thomas G:son rewrote his success of the year before for them, who will they turn to this time around? Mariko and the group are now heading for Germany for the recording, and the video will be shot later in Georgia.
Or maybe they will go for more authentic stuff finally, as The Shin is described as a group that "combines Georgian folk melodies with jazz, famous native polyphonic singing with scat, and tunes of the near Orient and flamenco with a modern Western sound." They have released six albums between 1999 and 2013. Their songs include Gelino and Potato story.I wish they bring at least a bit of Gelino to Eurovision!
Mariko is a jazz singer as you can hear here, and this blogger is waiting for jammin' sessions in Euroclub starring Valentina & Mariko! She can also belt out something else. Or duet with one of many Georgian Sophos in a Barbra Streisand song, here.

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