(The Little Cuckoo)
DZEGUZĪTE - the Riga children's popgroup of Latvian Radio. In the concerting group there are 8 children in the age from 6 to 12. The artistic leader of the group is Daila Martinsone.
The group has been performing already for 33 years. Several generations of singers have changed. They have left a lot of records at the Latvian Radio - mainly songs by Latvian composers, sung just by the children themselves or together with the best professionals.
The most long - standing and productive cooperation of the group has been with the composer Raimonds Pauls, who often accompanies the group and is the author of numerous songs and programs performed by the group.
In close cooperation with maestro Raimonds Pauls 9 cassettes and 4 CD's (Milky Way, Latvian folk songs, Christmas songs, Melodies from popular Disney cartoons) have been recorded.
With a really great success together with maestro Raimonds Pauls they have given concerts both in the Republic and outside it. Dzeguzīte has given concerts in Estonia, Lithuania, Sweden, Poland, Finland, Denmark, Bulgaria, the Ukraine, Moldova. In 1996 together with the soloist Laima Vaikule and maestro Raimonds Pauls the popgroup has given concerts in the Moscow concert hall Rossija, in Oktyabrskaya in SanctPetersbourg and in Madison Square Garden in New York.
Paying tribute to his favorite composer George Gershwin maestro Raimonds Pauls and soloists of Latvia, as well as guest stars (Pauletta de Vaughn (USA), Freda Godlett (USA), Bibul (Cameroon)) have prepared a special concert in Latvian National Opera dedicated to Gershwin's centenary. Dzeguzīte is also taking part in the concert singing George Gershwin's songs.
Great 30th Anniversary party was held at largest Latvian theatre – Riga’s Theatre of Art. Former Dzeguzīte participants performed a gala concert singing together with state-known and loved actors and singers.
Members of Dzeguzīte with great dignity accepted invitation to perform at final concerts of “Eurovision” contest performing as warm-up group to rising Eurostars.
And one more honorable duty – to announce and to acknowledge Latvia as one of the European Union candidate states with voices of young stars performing at festivals in Copenhagen and Athens.
Recordings and concerts of the group help the audience to get acquainted with Latvian folk music and enjoy the atmosphere of holidays. You can meet the most famous heroes from animated cartoons and musicals, you can sing and dance along … The children are always in great mood and try to pass it over to its listeners.
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