The Shin

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The Shin
The Shin & Mariko, ESC2014 Meet & Greet 02.jpg
The Shin and Mariko (2014)
Background information
Origin Tbilisi, Georgia
Genres Jazz, fusion, ethno-jazz, ibero caucasian style
Years active 1998–present
Labels JARO
BBB Music
Associated acts Mariko Ebralidze, EgAri
Members Zaza Miminoshvili
  • Zurab Gagnidze
Past members Mamuka Ghaganidze[1]

The Shin (Georgian: შინ) is a Georgian fusion jazz band formed in Germany in 1998. The music of The Shin smoothly combines Georgian folk melodies with jazz, famous native polyphonic singing with scat, and tunes of the near Orient and flamenco with a modern Western sound. The Shin was founded by Zaza Miminoshvili (guitars, panduri) and Zurab Gagnidze (bass, vocals), and joined by Mamuka Ghaganidze (vocals, percussion) in 2002. Ghaganidze died from skin cancer in August 2019.[2]

The group represented Georgia in the Eurovision Song Contest 2014 along with singer Mariko Ebralidze with the song "Three Minutes to Earth",[3] but they came in last place in their semi-final and did not advance.

The word "Shin" literally means "home" or "going home" in the Georgian language.


Year Label Title
1999 Acoustic Music Records (Germany) Tseruli
2005 BBB Music (Germany) Manytimer
2006 JARO Medien (Germany) EgAri
2009 JARO Medien (Germany) Black Sea Fire
2009 Pasaules mūzika (Latvia) Es Ari


  1. ^ Herbert, Emily (13 August 2019). "Georgia: Mamuka Ghaganidze of The Shin Has Died". Eurovoix.
  2. ^ Herbert, Emily (13 August 2019). "Georgia: Mamuka Ghaganidze of The Shin Has Died". Eurovoix.
  3. ^ Brey, Marco (24 February 2014). ""Three Minutes to Earth" for Georgia". Retrieved 24 February 2014.
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