Iļģi album breaks into world music chart

The latest album from the Latvian post-folk group Iļģi has broken into the Top 20 of the World Music Charts Europe, finishing ninth in the June listing.

The album, Ne uz vienu dienu (Not for Just One Day), was released in March by the Rīga-based UPE Recording Co. It features 12 songs about weddings. Guests artists on the album are Rūta Muktupāvela, wife of noted folklorist Valdis Muktupāvels, and Ugandan-American musician Samite.

The music chart is compiled monthly from the favorite albums reported by world music specialists in 23 European countries, according to World Music Charts Europe. The lists are posted online at www.wmce.de and also displayed in shops where world music recordings are sold.

Appearing on the chart, Ainars Mielavs of UPE Recording said in a press release, is the greatest acknowledgement from international professionals that Latvian musicians so far have received in this genre.

Topping the June chart is La Cantina by American artist Lila Downs. The list also includes albums by such well-known world music performers as the British-Egyptian singer Natacha Atlas and Cape Verdean performer Cesaria Evora.

Iļģi album

Ne uz vienu dienu, the latest album by Iļģi, has placed ninth in the June 2006 edition of World Music Charts Europe.

Andris Straumanis is a special correspondent for and a co-founder of Latvians Online. From 2000–2012 he was editor of the website.

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