Through her scientific research and publications about Latvian folk songs Dr. Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga has helped both Latvians and those of other cultures to better understand Latvian traditional culture and its values. From 1999 to 2007 Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga served as President of the Republic of Latvia.
Every person has a few favorite songs, some maybe learned in childhood, others associated with a particular occasion or person, or songs that hold special meanings for us because of the emotions that they evoke. The songs in this album – Vaira’s songs – form part of her own personal repertoire. They are only a small part of it and each one could call to mind many more where these came from.