Instrumenti wins best song honor in Latvian music awards

The relatively new pop music group Instrumenti, purported to consist of two members of the a capella ensemble Cosmos, has won the best song title in the annual Latvian Music Recordings of the Year Awards (Latvijas Mūzikas ierakstu Gada balva).

Instrumenti won for the song “Apēst tevi.” The awards were announced in a ceremony Feb. 23 in Rīga, according to the news service LETA.

Instrumenti is reported to consist of singers Reinis Sējāns and Jānis Šipkēvics of Cosmos. The group was formed last year and in January released an EP album, Pandemiya, which was honored with the best debut award. The band also has been invited to perform in March during the South By Southwest festival in Austin, Texas.

Other award winners included:

  • Best rock album: Vadu by Satellites LV.
  • Best pop album: Nakts vai rīts by Otra puse.
  • Best hip hop album: Gatis Irbe by Gacho.
  • Best dance music album: Doubl B Tonality by N’works.
  • Best alternative music album: Recipe of the Golden Dream by Tribes of the City. Ironically, the band announced in September that it was going on an indefinite hiatus.
  • Best schlager album: Mēs to sen jau bijām pelnījuši, featuring music by Raimonds Pauls and lyrics by Guntis Račs recorded by a number of popular singers.
  • Best country album: Viss vēl būs by Dakota.
  • Best folk music album: Es arī by Valts Pūce and The Shin.
  • Best academic music album: Skaņu labirints by mezzosoprano Ieva Parša.
  • Best instrumental, film or theater music album: Vēstules Ziemassvētkos by Raimonds Tiguls, Rihards Zaļupe, Oskars Petrauskis and Raimonds Petrauskis.
  • Best children’s album: Pasaki man un tev by Cosmos.
  • Best radio hit: “Nakts vai rīts” by Otra puse.
  • Best video: “Pirmais” by Satellites LV.
  • Best concert video: Graphis Scripta by Dabas koncertzāle.

Ivars Mazurs received the lifetime achievement award. Mazurs is a jazz musician, pianist, arranger, orchestra director and radio personality. He began playing jazz just after World War II. Since 1958, he has worked with Latvian State Radio, according to

A listeners’ choice vote organized by the Alfa retail center chose singer Aisha’s cover version of the Aino Bāliņa song “Lelle” as the best song of 2009.

The music awards have been presented since 1994. A full list of nominees and other information about the awards are available by visiting


Instrumenti, whose members perform in panda costumes, won the best song and best debut honors in the Latvian Music Recordings of the Year Awards.

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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