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Iriao rehearsing before the second semi final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018
Background information
Also known asEthno-Jazz Band Iriao
Years active2013[1]–present
MembersDavid Malazonia
Nugzar Kavtaradze
Bidzina Murgulia
Levan Abshilava
Shalva Gelekva
George Abashidze
Mikheil Javakhishvili

Iriao (Georgian: ირიაო), also known as Ethno-Jazz Band Iriao, are a Georgian jazz and ethno folk group, led by David Malazonia (composition and keyboard). The band is known for their unique style due to the combination of traditional Georgian polyphonic singing and jazz.[1] They performed at the 2014 edition of the Borneo Jazz Festival in Malaysia.[2] They represented Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal with the song "Sheni gulistvis" (English: "For You").[3]


  1. ^ a b Groome, Imogen (10 May 2018). "Georgi-ous music: who is Georgia's Eurovision Song Contest 2018 Entry? Iriao set to perform For You". The Sun. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  2. ^ "Borneo Jazz - Iriao". Retrieved 31 December 2017.
  3. ^ "Music band Iriao will present Georgia at 2018 ESC - 1TV". 1TV. Retrieved 31 December 2017.
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Tamara Gachechiladze
with "Keep the Faith"
Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest
Succeeded by
Oto Nemsadze
with "Sul tsin iare"