Latvian presidential candidates choose their top musical tracks

The fastest way to a Latvian's heart is through his or her ears, and with that in mind, the three candidates to become Latvian President May 29 have chosen their favorite songs for Latvian Radio 2, which plays exclusively Latvian music.  

Egils Levits opted for the classic if rather obvious „Pūt, vējiņi” (Blow, wind), a standard of the Latvian choral musical repertoire. “This is a song that can be considered as a national anthem. It is always sung at the Song Festival, and the way people come together in this song - it's something unique and thrilling," said the man regarded as the man most likely to become the next president.


Taking a more contemporary approach is the second contender to take over Rīga Castle, Juris Jansons with his choice „Zilais karbunkulis” (The blue carbuncle). “It's a very energetic and inspiring song. You have to listen to it with your heart - it has great wisdom,” says Jansons.

The third contender to become head of state, Didzis Šmits, has chosen a song that advises against the vice of idleness „Nevis slinkojot un pūstot” (Hard to translate, but perhaps  something like "Rather than huffing and puffing").

"In my opinion, so many jobs and tasks are reflected in this song, that if we followed its advice every day, we would raise the bar in Latvia," said Šmits.

As previously reported by LSM, the three men will be subject to Saeima votes on May 29. We have prepared brief biographies of each candidate too: JansonsŠmitsLevits and a feature explaining the election process

Levits is the hot favorite to become president, having secured backing from all but one coalition parties.

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