Publication in e-newsletter LatBits,
#23, Tuesday, 20 July 1999:
Latvian Music on the Web Revisited
by Andris Straumanis <andris_N@N_bitstream.net>
It's an exciting time for music in Latvia. In almost all genres, new artists
are appearing on the scene, performing in live concerts and releasing
recordings. At the same time, popular artists of years past are maintaining
their appeal with audiences and are releasing retrospective albums. And
artists, producers and fans are increasingly exploring the possibilities the
Internet offers for popularizing Latvian music.
When LatBits last reported on Latvian music on the Web (see LatBits
#5), the number of sites was somewhat limited. The past year and a half
has seen the appearance of dozens of new sites devoted to specific artists
or groups (too numerous to list here) plus the appearance or expansion of
several music supersites. The latter includes:
These sites, taken together, begin to offer the consumer an overall picture
of the Latvian music scene, but gaps remain. For example, fans of
šlāģer style music don't have a www.slageri.lv to which to turn -- at
least not yet.
Buy Latvian folk music online!