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Singer Liene Somase to perform for Latvian troops in Afghanistan on national holiday

28.04.2012 | LETA

Latvian pop singer Liene Somase will give four concerts for the Latvian troops in Afghanistan

Latvian pop singer Liene Somase will give four concerts for the Latvian troops in Afghanistan, marking the May 4 anniversary of the proclamation of the renewal of independence of the Republic of Latvia; the concerts will be performed at the Maymana, Mazar-i-Sharif and Faryab bases, the Defense Ministry's press officer Dace Kundrate told LETA.

The supporting musicians will include Maris Elksnis, Janis Cubars, Martins Burkevics, Andzejs Grauds, plus sound operator Mareks Lacis.

"Finally my dream will come true," Somase says commenting on her concerts in Afghanistan. "I will be very proud to present my special concert program to our soldiers on the national holiday, the performance will be both in Latvian and English," said Somase. The singer says that she was offered to perform in Afghanistan already a year ago, but at that time she could not combine her gigs in Latvia with the ones in Afghanistan. This year again, a majority of Latvian soldiers in Afghanistan said they would like to see Somase's concerts.

The singer says she is very pleased to already be receiving messages from the soldiers via social networks, informing her that Latvian troops are very eager to see her perform in Afghanistan. Somase and her band will visit Afghanistan at the beginning of May.

Musicians' performances for the Latvian troops in Afghanistan has become a tradition. Last year, band "Z-Scars" performed for the Latvian soldiers in Afghanistan at the beginning of May, and rock band "Colt" on November 18 last year.

At the moment, almost 200 Latvian soldiers serve in Afghanistan.

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