Asho Chela (აშო ჩელა)

Asho Chela is the lament of a ploughman trudging behind his two bulls, Chela and Buska. It is in Mingrelian, a South Caucasian language related to Georgian and spoken in the Samegrelo region in the north west of Georgia.

I learnt this song in the Bangor Community Choir

Chela in the Georgian alphabet

აშო ჩელა, იშო ბუსკა,
ოუ ნანა სკანი ცოდა, ნანინა
სი მონობაშ გეგაფილი
ოუ ნანა სკანი ცოდა, ნანინა

სი კისერი ელაფირი,
ოუ ნანა სკანი ცოდა, ნანინა
სი უჩხონჩხე სი სერგელა.
ოუ ნანა სკანი ცოდა, ნანინა

ჩელა სო ულ, დარჩელიშა,
ოუ ნანა სკანი ცოდა, ნანინა
აშ ვამგართე შკა სერიშა.
ოუ ნანა სკანი ცოდა, ნანინა

Transliteration

asho chela, isho busk'a,
ou nana sk'ani tsoda, nanina
si monobash gegapili
ou nana sk'ani tsoda, nanina

si k'iseri elapiri,
ou nana sk'ani tsoda, nanina
si uchkhonchkhe si sergela.
ou nana sk'ani tsoda, nanina

chela so ul, darchelisha,
ou nana sk'ani tsoda, nanina
ash vamgarte shk'a serisha.
ou nana sk'ani tsoda, nanina

Translation

Here Chela, there Buska,
ou nana, you poor thing
You are used to being enslaved.
ou nana, you poor thing

Your neck is sore,
ou nana, you poor thing
You are meek and tired.
ou nana, you poor thing

Chela, where are you going? To Darcheli,
ou nana, you poor thing
You won't be back till midnight.
ou nana, you poor thing

Recordings of this song:

Links

Lyrics and music
http://www.sibeliusmusic.com/index.php?sm=home.score&?scoreid=111066
http://www.scoreexchange.com/scores/63590.html
https://lyricstranslate.com/en/asho-chela-%E1%83%90%E1%83%A8%E1%83%9D-%E1%83%A9%E1%83%94%E1%83%9A%E1%83%90-here-chela.html

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