Monday, 30 December 2013

Work parties

One of our big challenges is making our joined-up, fair and helpful vision of our world more fun. Reading through the cover notes to a CD of Georgian songs by the Rustavi Choir, I found an answer: Naduri - a work song. Not just a 'yo-ho-heave-ho' work song, but a song of endless possibility, creativity and competition.

"'Nadi' were villagers who voluntarily assisted their neighbours at harvest time. Competing groups of workers would begin in a slow tempo with alternating melodic figures, and as the work intensified and neared completion, melodic motifs became shorter and the alterations more rapid. The end of the song - and of the song - was marked by a slow finale sung in unison."

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