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Liet International 2012

11 November 2012

All eleven contestants of Liet International 2012 are known by now. In alphabetic order they are:

Asturiana Mining Company
Brian Ó hEadra
Claudia Crabuzza and Claudio Gabriel Sanna
Dopu Cena
Enkore
IB&4CP (Ivan Belosludtsev & 4 Cheber Pios)
Inger Karoline Gaup
Jonokognos
Lleuwen
The Voodoolectric
Yldau

23 August 2012

This year the final of Liet International 2012 will be celebrated on 1 December in Laboral Ciudad de la Cultura in Gijón (Xixón). After former editions in Friesland, Swedish Sápmi, Brittany and Friuli it is the very first time that Liet International will be celebrated on the Iberian peninsula.

The selection committee of Foundation Liet International and its partners have made its selection for this 9th edition of minority language song contest Liet International in Gijón (Xixón), Asturias. Out of 35 entries in 18 different minority languages from all corners of Europe the committee selected songs from the following five bands and solo artists:

Brian Ó hEadhra, Fathainn, Scottish Gaelic (UK)
Enkore, Muxurik muxu, Basque (Spain)

IB&4CP (Ivan Belosludtsev & 4 Cheber Pios), Tau Tynyd Udmurt (Russia)
Lleuwen, Ar Gouloù Bev, Breton (France)

The Voodoolectric, Slickermuul, Low Saxon (Germany)

The selection committee consisted of music experts from Friesland in the Netherlands, Asturias in Spain and Corsica. According to president Frits Sieswerda the jury had a tough job, because of the very high quality of the entries. “I’m amazed. The quality appears to be getting better every year”, Frits Sieswerda said. The five selected finalists play music of an entirely different nature.

Brian Ó hEadhra from Inverness in Scotland is one of the most productive Gaelic singer/songwriters in recent years, with compositions of a very high standard. Liet International already presented a song of Brian Ó hEadhra in 2006 in Östersund, sang by Anna Murray. Liet International 2012 will be the first time that Brian Ó hEadhra participates himself.

In the song Muxurik muxu the young Basque band Enkore features singer Aiora Renteria of the band Zea Mays. Her voice matches very well with the male rock band, giving the powerful rock a new dimension. Enkore started just three years ago in the barrio Rekalde in Bilbao and is one of the most promising new bands of the Basque music scene, winning several Basque song contests such as Gaztea Maketa Lehiaketa, Concurso de maquetas de Bizkaia TV and Concurso Nacional Barakaldo Pop-Rock 2010. Enkore is certainly a band with potential beyond the borders of Euskal Herria.

IB&4CP (Ivan Belosludtsev & 4 Cheber Pios) is the second band from the Russian republic of Udmurtia to reach the final of Liet International. Last year runner up Silent Woo Goore impressed the audience in Italy and all over Europe. Singer/songwriter Ivan Belosludtsev is inspired by bands like Bad Religion and Dimmu Borgir, but at Liet International 2012 Ivan and his accompanying band 4 Cheber Pios will present themselves with a sensitive ballad called Tau Tynyd.

Lleuwen represents Brittany and the Breton language with the song Ar Gouloù Bev. Singer Lleuwen Steffan is multilingual in a special way. Born and raised in the north of Wales, she now regularly resides in Brittany, where she learned to speak and sing in the Breton language. Nowadays she has a very good live reputation in both Brittany and Wales and regularly travels between the two Celtic nations. Her fans can keep track of her on her website in four languages; Breton, English, French and Welsh. Musically it is complicated to label Lleuwen. Her music has been labeled as jazzy, but she also likes rhythm and blues and rock.

The Voodoolectric made history by winning the first edition of Plattsounds, the song contest for new songs in Low Saxon (Niederdeutsch) in Oldenburg in 2011. The Voodoolectric is based in the East Frisian town of Aurich/Auwerk. In Oldenburg they surprised the audience with their original song and their powerful live performance. It is their aim to do the same in Asturias. Since their victory The Voodoolectric launched their first EP and played and toured a lot in the north of Germany, only getting better. Plattsounds is not officially linked with Liet as a selection contest. Their song Slickermuul was chosen by the selection committee.

Earlier this year three bands already qualified for Liet International 2012, by winning a song contest in their own language. These bands are:

Asturiana Mining Company, Premiu al Meyor Cantar 2012, Asturias (Spain)
Inger Karoline Gaup, Sami Grand Prix 2012, Sami (Norway)

Yldau, Liet 2012, Frisian (the Netherlands)

During the autumn two more song contests will be held in order to select finalists for Liet International 2012.

On 3 October the university town of Corte on the island of Corsica will celebrate the first edition of Liet Corsica. The winner of this event will represent Corsica in the final of Liet International. Corsica will also be the host of Liet International 2013.

On 2 November the Friulian capital of Udine will host the 4th edition of Suns, the song contest for minority languages from Italy and the Alpine region. Suns has the right to send two winners (jury award and public award) to Liet International.

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