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Heart’s song for the Country of Soul2010-08-13 17:49
For the second anniversary of the war in South Ossetia Georgian opera singer Nino Surguladze, pop singer Sofia Nizharadze and folk singer Georgy Ushikashvili made a video for a song dedicated to Abkhazia, now the sovereign state following recognition of the republic by Russia, Venezuela, Nicaragua and Nauru. Full of pain and woe over the lost land, the song will leave no one indifferent. However, unlike president Mikheil Saakashvili converted to the "religion" of nationalism, the heart-cry of the Georgian culture figures is meant exclusively for the people on the other side of Georgian border.
The time of conventions is over, indeed. Now it's OK to kill those who are tasked to support peace in conflict regions, to punish for truth and falsify facts in a continuous media war. Still, there are eternal things in this crazy world: this is art endowed with the right of reconciliation, creation and appeasement.
Mikheil Saakashvili was forced to peace - documentarily. De-facto he pursues his campaign against Abkhazians and Ossetians. His American ideologists who turned their own country into the world's most successful media product, are trying to do the same in the small Caucasian state. Agitation videos, most suggestive ones from the point of view of propaganda - are their strongest point in the West. Now, that there is no Vladimir Mayakovsky, the theorist and implementer of the Soviet advertising whose works were studied by many current Oval Room's speech writers. "No deed, even the most certain one, goes ahead without advertising. This is a weapon that defeats competition", - the famous poet wrote in his article "Agitation and Advertising".
I'm sure Mr. Saakashvili read the words of the celebrated poet who was born in Bagdati, not only Confucius. The trouble is that he has made biased conclusions starting to plant his nationalist aspirations in fragile Georgian minds with the help of videos and songs that could point to his rightness properly.
A few years ago Nino Badurashvili's Psou's Water song was released coinciding with the enhancement of military strength of the Georgian state and Saakashvili's statements that an armed and violent method of Abkhazia's return to "tzar" Mikheil of Georgia is still an option. The second song on heavy rotation was Hello, Abkhazia. Though the song was not criticized from the musical point of view, many remarked that a few months after the video appeared on TV, Georgia launched Clear Field operation.