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Memorial concert of Jānis Grodums

Jānis Grodums was one of the Latvian rockmusic legends. He died this week at the age of 52. Already before his death, there was planned supportive concert to raise funds for his treatment - but it was too late. Concert happened anyway - as a memorial event, and at the same time in Riga and Liepaja (his birth city). In Riga concert many of Latvian pop and rockmusic stars took part and people were many. The last song was the most legendary one of Grodums, "Dzimtā valoda" (Native Language) which was one of the hymns which started Latvia's Awakening in 80ies - whole nation movement to Independence from Soviet Union (which was one of the reasons why USSR broke apart). So, this man has written his word in history, somewhat even in global scale.

You can listen/watch "Dzimtā valoda" here:

Btw, Grodums was also a great photographer in his last years. His photo collection is visible here:

"Bet Bet", Linga, Jenny Mae, "Pērkons" and even music journalist Uldis Rudaks took the Vērmanes park stage yesterday:

Memorial concert of Jānis Grodums Reviewed by Ikars Kublins on Thursday, June 17, 2010 Rating: 5

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