Manana Menabde

Musician, Writer, Painter, Actress

Manana Menabde was born in 1948 in Tbilisi, in the Georgian folk singers’ family – Ishkhneli sisters. She studied at Russian Academy of Theatre Arts. After graduation, the young singer gave solo concerts in Moscow, however she was not considered as a member of Soviet performers. Her musical works were first used in the film “Day is Longer than the Night” by Georgian film director Lana Ghoghoberidze (in 1982 the film was awarded a prize for audience’s sympathy in Cannes film festival). She performed her own songs and played a leading role in the film. The main conception of her creative works was formed by that time – to show basis of Georgian folk music by contemporary one. From 1991, Manana Menabde has lived and worked in Berlin. She tried to show herself in a number of fields of art. She writes prose and poetry, paints and creates ceramic works. She collaborated with Georgian folk jazz band “Shin”, which is closely tied to Georgian musical traditions. Besides, Manana Menabde recorded an album “Sami” together with Nika Machaidze and Gogi Dzodzuashvili.

Bibliography
  • “And Time Passed …“ fables, in Russian language (2004)