New Latvian folksong album – great for sing-a-longs and teaching children

The Latvian folklore ensemble Tarkšķi, based out of Iecava, released an album for younger listeners entitled Sadziedam? in late 2020. Featuring the youngest members of the ensemble, the digital only album collects performances of children’s folk songs. The album includes such popular children’s songs as ‘Aiz kalniņa dūmi kūpa’, ‘Kur tad tu nu biji’ and ‘Kur tu teci’, among many others. The album also includes instrumental-only versions of the songs.

The songs were arranged by the ensemble’s director Kristīne Karele, and feature instruments such as the Latvian kokle, mandolin, violin, and others. The group includes children from 2 to 18 years of age.

The recording was made in the Lauska studio, with producer Kaspars Bārbals, and the American Latvian Association helped finance the recording.

The album can be heard via multiple streaming services.

For more information, please visit the Tarkšķi Facebook page

Track listing:

  1. Baltu pupu iestādīju
  2. Cielava, baltgalve
  3. Kur, pelīte, tu tecēji
  4. Mēs bijāmi trīs māsiņas
  5. Kur tad tu nu biji?
  6. Maza, maza meitenīte
  7. Kumeliņi, kumeliņi
  8. Adiet, bērni, ko adieti
  9. Dievs nolaida bumbul’ zemē
  10. Aiz kalniņa dūmi kūpa
  11. Aijā, žūžū
  12. Kur tu teci

Egils Kaljo is an American-born Latvian from the New York area . Kaljo began listening to Latvian music as soon as he was able to put a record on a record player, and still has old Bellacord 78 rpm records lying around somewhere.

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