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Female folklore ensemble

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Our instrumental staff (except the violinist)

      Name: Atštaukas
          meaning: people capable for much, but for some reasons necessary to nobody
          recommended transcription in English: Atstaukas
          approximate pronunciation in English: Atshtaukas
          Listen pronunciation in AU format (14 Kb)

      Created: 22 June 1995
      Location: Liepaja, Kurland
      Leader: Ināra Kalnarāja
      Number of participants: 13, of them by age:
          from 25 to 44 years: 4
          from 45 to 64 years: 7
          older than 64 years: 2
      and by gender:
          males: 0
          females: 13
      Forms of activity: sing, dance, play music, play roundelays
      Musical instruments: violin, guitar, squeeze box, kokle (psaltery), drum, devil drum, threestick.

      Description: In June, 1995, we, 12 actresses of the Liepaja theatre, decided on termination of a season to please the colleagues with folk songs. It was on John's day. We liked it - and we made a deal between us not to quit.
    Our participants come from different places, therefore we sing songs from all Latvia. Basically, we still sing Kurland songs - our first singer Austra Pumpure is from Rucava, Kurland. When we sing, we make the spectators to participate, to sing and dance with ourselves.
    We have got various performances due to: Midsummers, Harvest, National self-awareness day, Christmas, Easter, Day of mother. In repertoir of ensemble there are christening, wedding, funeral songs too.
    In 2003 we organized a folklore school Namīns in Liepaja.

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We sing Maģa, maģa ābelēna

      Sound sample: Maģa, maģa ābelēna (Small, small apple-tree) (1996)
One couplet in AU format (341 Kb)
Full song in MP3 format (381 Kb)

          in Latvian: Ināra Kalnarāja, Republikas 10-12, Liepāja, LV-3401, Latvija
          in English: Inara Kalnaraja, Republikas 10-12, Liepaja, LV-3401, Latvia
      Phone: (+371) 34-28630

      Date of presenting the information: 22 August 1998, 10 January 2005

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