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:
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.
10'th anniversary of ensemble, April 1997
Sound sample: Nū tōļīnes es pazynu (Dullai) (Afar I recognize) (1998)
One couplet in AU format (505 Kb)
Full song in MP3 format (550 Kb)
Natālija Smuška, Aizgalīne, Medņeva, Balvu raj., LV-4586, Latvija
Natalija Smuska, Aizgaline, Medneva, Balvi distr., LV-4586, Latvia
Phone: (+371) 45-65120
Date of presenting the information: August 1998