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Various Artists - Danco Dievis (Latvian Dances Vol 2)
...riveted my attention. The lead cut Perkonitis, by the Dancu Muzikas Grupa, sets the mood. That group—along with Dziga, Laimas muzykanti, and Dandari—showcases a youthful vitality that makes clear these folks like to dance. Suseklis and Vezu Dancis follow, each with its own degree of wild abandon. Slower, reel/waltz-like songs vary the pacing, and a variety of instrumentation is presented. A few cuts seem Germanic (e.g. Saimniekdeli), yet all are traditional, with influences that have accumulated over the centuries. - Dick Dorsett, RootsWorld

Various artists - Latviesu Danci
Latvia folk music for dancing, compiled by the leaders of the folklore band Ilgi. Performers include Maris Muktupavels (producer of this album) and Ilga Reizniece, both of whom are well known and highly respected in Latvian folk music circles. Other notable performers include Gints Sola, guitarist for the group Jauns Meness, and Mikus Cavarts, another member of the folklore ensemble Ilgi. One surprise addition is Ilmars Mezs and his family. Mežs, known in part for his research into Latvian demographics, also is lead singer for the folklore ensemble Eilenders.

Villu Veski and Tiit Kalluste - Sounds of the Nordic Islands II (Pohjala saarte haaled)
Saxophonist Villu Veski and accordionist Tiit Kalluste (both from Estonia) explore jazz and folk music through original compositions and improvisation. They are joined on this second expedition by Raimonds Macats (harmonica, vocals and keyboards), 'Mamba' Abdissa Assefa (percussion) and Taavo Remmel (bass)

Ugis Praulins - Paganu gadagramata / Pagan Yearbook
This is a high concept folk music album. The songs are meant to sequence through a whole year for the 'inner self of an urban man.' Generous doses of synth washes, echoing plucked arpeggios and the addition of bongos, djembes, balafon, and kalimba. If you are a folk purist, then it is best to seek other sources for traditional Latvian music. The best moments are when environmental sounds like wind and thunder are used effectively to evoke a desolate landscape against which the melancholy songs develop. - John Cho

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