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Music playing

Within the scope of Latvia, the Suiti area, one of the most conservative Latvian areas, was the one who kept practicing not only its traditional customs and beliefs, but also its music arts of ancient Latvians, for the longest time. Speaking of musical instruments, as recent as in the 1930’s there were still people who […]

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Suiti cultural heritage

Music playing

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Suiti cultural heritage

Singing

Signing tradition in the Suiti district was earlier classified in two types: singing and ziņģāšana. Long songs consisting of several verses and lyrics characterized by plot were called ziņģes here. Yet, it did not matter, whether the ziņģe was a popular song or written by a known composer. Men had to sing ziņģes (ziņģāt – […]

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Bands and amateur collectives

Since the past generations, the Suiti have been left with a considerable heritage of traditional culture that is still being maintained, developed and put to practice by several local bands and amateur collectives. by several local bands and amateur collectives. “Suitu sievas” band is quite popular. The band may have outnumbered many professional artists, considering […]

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Suiti cultural heritage

Bands and amateur collectives

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Drone festival

The scientific term for the typical Suiti “aeeeeeeooooooh” singing by females is drone singing (in Latvian – burdons). Drone singing is one of the most ancient traditional types of polyphonic music (both vocal and instrumental). It traces back to the pre-Christian culture period and still exists and is practiced in Baltics, Balkan countries, the Carpathian […]

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The Suiti traditional attire

The history of the Suiti traditional attire traces back to the 17th century, when the parish of Alsunga, former Alšvanga, converted to the Catholicism. Affected by the Polish tangible culture and distribution of the Catholicism, the Suiti costumes also developed under the special impact of some relevant historic events: 1. The reign and lordship of […]