This week Folk Practice Academy is going East, to Lativa and Lithuania, to discover and connect with different parts of the traditional culture. Excellent host and travel partner is Malin Skinnar – artist, musician and storyteller – and her mobile home.
The first musical meeting actually happened already on the ferry. On car deck we met the cheerful staff member Rasta Michael. A Caribbean that had ended up in Gothenburg and who handles cargo traffic on ferries, but also plays, sings and composes Soca music – Soul Calypso. We had a nice chat with him and at breakfast he gave us a poem, especially written for us.
Landing at the port in Liepaja we immediately drove South to the village Rude to meet up with the Otanku Folk Choir, who greeted us by singing songs in there beautiful traditional dresses. I had the lovely opportunity to learn a couple of tunes from an 8 year old fiddler.
Malin has established a tradition to always invite singers into her mobile home and sing. So this is how we ended the evening.