Near the Order castle in Alsunga
Name: Suitu sievas
meaning: Suiti women
recommended transcription in English: Suitu sievas
approximate pronunciation in English: Suitu sievas
Listen pronunciation in AU format (21 Kb)
Created: 1924 (see description)
Location: Alsunga, Kuldiga distr., Kurland
Leader: Ilga Leimane
Number of participants: 11, of them by age:
from 14 to 24 years: 1
from 25 to 44 years: 3
from 45 to 64 years: 1
older than 64 years: 6
and by gender:
Forms of activity: sing
Description: Near the Amber sea, in the western part of Latvia - Kurland,
a very original area is laying, which name is Suiti land, and name of its
inhabitants - Suiti. The Suiti land includes 4 parishes - Jurkalne, Alsunga,
Gudenieki, Basi (now attached to the Gudenieki parish). In all parishes there
are ethnographical ensembles
(Gudenieku suiti, Maģie suiti),
which store ancient traditions. Participants of the ethnographic ensemble
Suitu sievas live and sing in Alsunga.
For the first time the Suiti people have sung on scene in 1924, when
prof. Ludis Bērziņš had taken them to Riga. Therefore we consider 1924 the year
of foundation of the ensemble.
The ensemble has acted many times elsewhere in Latvia and abroad. We have sung
on Baltica festivals in 1987 (in Lithuania), 1988, 1991, 1994, 1997
(in Latvia), participated in miscellaneous transmissions of Latvian television.
In 1973 the ensemble was filmed in Latvian feature film Blow, windy.
Then we came to thought to name our ensemble Suitu sievas.
In our repertoir there are songs, performed in this area from generation to
generation. Many songs were inherited directly from parents, however we use
materials of Folklore storehouse of Latvian Academy of Sciences too.
Adornment of bride, in camp 3x3, Alsunga, July 1995
Sound sample: Apdziedāšanas dziesma (Chaffing song)
One couplet in AU format (245 Kb)
Full song in MP3 format (431 Kb)
Ilga Leimane, Krasta 4-19, Alsunga, Kuldīgas raj., LV-3306, Latvija
Ilga Leimane, Krasta 4-19, Alsunga, Kuldiga distr., LV-3306, Latvia
Phone: (+371) 33-51467 (h.), 33-51382 (o.)
Fax: (+371) 33-51358
Date of presenting the information: 28 August 1998