One of the reasons I want to listen to as much music from as many places as possible is that there are gems freaking everywhere. My major gateway to “world music” (the catch-all genre used to describe anything that’s not from the USA or an English-speaking country) was Real World Records, the label spawned by Peter Gabriel. And one of the best ideas they had was putting out compilation records so you could get a sample platter of good stuff. Thus in 1998 I came across The Tsinandali Choir from Georgia via the compilation CD Bliss. It was this track, in fact. And this, “Orovela,” which apparently is a type of work song from that neck of the global woods, is the track that originally turned me on to them.