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The Latvian choral group Dzintars has taken the folk songs from the Balkan Mountains to a global platform. Using its 76 feminine voices aimed by Imants Cepitis and Ausma Derkevica, the group is constantly on the weave its infectious combination of traditional and contemporary Latvian music. Dzintars, whose name is certainly translated as “amber” (the extremely valued fossilized pine found in necklaces, bracelets and bands), provides received numerous honours. The group received the Silver Diploma in Hungary’s Bartok Competition in 1968 as well as the Netherlands’ Grand Prix in 1977. Their 1990 record, Music of Amber: Dzintars: The Latvian, was documented through the group’s 1989 U.S. tour at George Lucas’ Skywalker Studios in north California; it had been made by Mickey Hart and Jerry Garcia. Furthermore to traditional Latvian music, like the Latvian independence anthem, “Blow, Blowing wind, Blow,” the recording included three Yiddish folk tunes (“Rest, My Kid”; “Di Raike”; and “Oi Hanuke”) and today’s Russian structure, “Therefore Silent May be the Ukrainian Night time.”

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