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In review-concert of festival Baltica, Borkova, 11 December 2005

      Name: Balsi
          meaning: voices (balss, a voice - a variety of Latvian traditional song)
          recommended transcription in English: Balsi
          approximate pronunciation in English: Balsi
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      Created: January 1994
      Location: Jekabpils, Selonia
      Leader: Vita Talla
      Number of participants: 7, of them by age:
          from 25 to 44 years: 6
          from 45 to 64 years: 1
      and by gender:
          females: 7
      Forms of activity: sing, play music, dance, play roundelays
      Musical insruments: kokle (psaltery), violin, squeeze-box, pipes, bag-pipes, monochord, guimbarde, mandoline, drum, bird, threestick, various rhythm instruments.

      Symbolism: Emblem-flag of Balsi is created by the participants themselves. Jekabpils is near Daugava river, which divides different regions of Latvia - therefore we have reed and grass from the Daugava coast as the basis of emblem. They have always grown there - and will grow.
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      Description: The folklore group Balsi was established in 1994, though its participants have been engaged in traditional culture already for a long time. Each participant plays several folk instruments. Our kokles have been made by the participants themselves.
    In repertoir of the group there are basically Selia and Augszeme songs, roundelays and dances. We are orientated on preservation of traditions of singing, playing music and calendar rites.
    The group celebrates calendar holidays both in circle of the families, and with inhabitants of Jekabpils at the ethnographical museum Sēļu sēta (Selian farmstead). Seminars for teachers about traditional culture and evenings of dancings and roundelays for schoolboys are conducted. The group acted on the Selia holiday, participated in festivals Baltica-94 and Baltica-97, has visited Lithuania.

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In the Summer singing fest, Riga, 18 June 2005

          in Latvian: Vita Talla, Robežu 19, Jēkabpils, LV-5201, Latvija
          in English: Vita Talla, Robezu 19, Jekabpils, LV-5201, Latvia
      Phone: (+371) 52-33016, 9508939

      Date of presenting the information: 1 September 1998, 6 February 2006

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