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Researchers publish first scientific study dedicated to Latvian Roma music

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUA book titled «Authenticity and Ethnicity in the Music of Latvian Roma» has been published in Latvia. It is the first scientific study dedicated to the music of this Latvian minority. This book tells about ethnicity and authenticity theories interesting no only to Roma representatives, but other cultures and communities, as noted by Institute of Literature, Folklore and Art of the University of Latvia.

The book was created in cooperation with the university’s Studia humanitarica series of publications. The author of this book is Ieva Tihovska (Dr. art.).

Questions like «Is it possible to find true Roma music in Latvia?» and «Who are true Romany?» are the core of the book.

Roma community and music is described in the book, considering their roots in local culture and part of the local culture, as noted in the institute’s published information.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUThe book details music and performance styles found among Roma community in Ventspils.

The book also explains the authenticity of songs as it is explained by the community. For example, certain songs are based of real-life events experienced by specific people. Other aspects detailed in the book include the social structure of Latvian Roma, their values and modern ethnic challenges. The author has also analysed different celebrations that include songs and dances within the community, as well as Latvian Roma public music history in Latvia since the ‘30s of the 20th century.

Socio-anthropologist Agita Luse about the book: «The study that focused on Latvian Roma and their music went on for more than a decade and has concluded with the publication of this book. It not only offers readers a detailed and informative text, but also provides a rare chance to reflect on what has been accomplished so far and what can still be accomplished in ethnomusicology – a discipline that has seen synergy of music history and theories, ethnology and socio-anthropology over the years.»

Continuing, she adds: «The book confidently reveals advantages provided by the combination of said approaches. But it was the long and diverse field work during which stories were heard, songs were recorded and other musical contexts were observed that was the key for this study’s success.»

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