Georgian and Ossetian singers in stop war duet

A duet by Georgian and Ossetian jazz singers set the scene for the international Creation of Peace music festival, a protest against interethnic strife and a demonstration for tolerance and peace between religions.

The idea for the festival was born when organisers discussed the difficulties of the Israeli-Palestinian rock band White Flag. "They [can] perform only in Europe," said Russian rock star Andrei Makarevich, one of the festival organisers. "Music is one of the few things that brings people together now that religious differences are such an issue."

Georgian Eteri Beriashvili and Ossetian Irina Tomayeva appeared with bassist Tony Levin. The well-known jazz singers had never before sung together. They attribute the idea of a duet to the festival organisers.

"We have been friends for a long time, and no war can make us fall out. We are sure that music ignores borders and brings people together," Eteri and Irina said from the stage.

They sang in Georgian, Ossetian and English.

The festival featured stars from around the world, including Patty Smith, Keith Emerson, KTU - with groundbreaking Finnish accordionist Kimmo Pohjonen alongside King Crimson's Pat Mastelotto and Trey Gunn - Fairport Convention, Eddie Jobson, and White Flag.

Watch the performance here:

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