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ethnographical ensemble

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Abrene days in Medneva, June 1996

      Created: 11 April 1987
      Location: Medneva, Balvi distr., Latgalia
      Leader: Natālija Smuška
      Number of participants: 23, of them by age:
          younger than 14 years: 3
          from 14 to 24 years: 3
          from 25 to 44 years: 2
          from 45 to 64 years: 5
          older than 64 years: 10
      and by gender:
          males: 3
          females: 20
      Forms of activity: sing, dance, play roundelays

      Description: April 11, 1987 there passed a competition on chaffing singing between the villages of Balvi district. From Medneva for participation in competitions were collected 12 women. After the competition we decided to sing together henceforth and we created an ensemble. We collect songs from old-timers of our parish.
    The name of village - Medneva - has been derived from the barons time then here was a forest and a hutch, the barons used to hunt wood grouses (in Latvian - "mednis") here.
    In our repertoire basically are songs from our parish. Our songs sound on radio, are shown on television.
    The ensemble has participated in Baltica-91,94, Songs festival and in many other arrangements.

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10'th anniversary of ensemble, April 1997

      Sound sample: Nū tōļīnes es pazynu (Dullai) (Afar I recognize) (1998)
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Full song in MP3 format (550 Kb)

          in Latvian: Natālija Smuška, Aizgalīne, Medņeva, Balvu raj., LV-4586, Latvija
          in English: Natalija Smuska, Aizgaline, Medneva, Balvi distr., LV-4586, Latvia
      Phone: (+371) 45-65120

      Date of presenting the information: August 1998

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