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Haralds Sīmanis

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Haralds Sīmanis
Born(1951-06-12)12 June 1951
Died1 December 2022(2022-12-01) (aged 71)
Riga, Latvia

Haralds Sīmanis (12 June 1951 – 1 December 2022) was a Latvian singer and composer.[1]


Sīmanis was born in Cēsis to a mixed Latvian-Romani family.[2] He did not receive a musical education but learned to play guitar and organ. In the 1970s, he began collaborating with poet Arvīds Ulme [lv], whose poems he used for many of his songs, such as the organ pieces Mīlestība nekad nebeidzas, Likteņa lietavas, and Par zāli, sāli un Tevi.

Sīmanis gained notoriety in 1980 when he performed the ballad Ezers at that year's Mikrofona aptauja. In 1981, the play Sieviete ārpus mīlestības un nāves was staged at the Valmiera Drama Theatre, during which his songs were played.[3] In 1984, he joined the Vides aizsardzības klubs [lv], organized by Arvīds Ulme, which was one of the first organizations of the Singing Revolution in Latvia. After Latvia's independence, Sīmanis primarily composed music for organ on his own, but collaborated with Ieva Akuratere [lv], Ilze Grunte, Dr. Peacock, and others in his later years.[4]

In 2012, he performed the song Ezers alongside Agita Gabranova on the Latvijas Neatkarīgā Televīzija show Latvijas Zelta talanti.[5]

Haralds Sīmanis died on 1 December 2022, at the age of 71.[6]


  • Es strauta malā slāpēs eju bojā (1994)
  • Starp divām gaismām (1996)
  • Tavā vārdā (2000)
  • Starp divām gaismām (2006)
  • Es esmu rīts (2012)
  • Par zāli, par sāli un Tevi (2013)
  • Pasaka par atslēdziņu (2014)
  • Pa apli (2021)


  1. ^ "Dziesminieks Haralds Sīmanis – par jumtiem un brīvības garu". Jauns.lv (in Latvian). 16 January 2016. Retrieved 5 December 2022.
  2. ^ "Haralds Sīmanis — kas tas par putnu?". Apollo (in Latvian). 31 March 2005. Archived from the original on 18 July 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2022.
  3. ^ "Atvadīšanās no Haralda Sīmaņa notiks 8. decembrī; vāc ziedojumus izvadīšanai". Lsm.lv (in Latvian). 2 December 2022. Retrieved 5 December 2022.
  4. ^ "Dr. Peacock feat. Haralds Sīmanis - Trip to Latvia". YouTube. 18 March 2022.
  5. ^ "LZT2012 AGITA GABRANOVA". YouTube. 20 February 2012.
  6. ^ "Mūžībā devies dziesminieks Haralds Sīmanis". Lsm.lv (in Latvian). 1 December 2022. Retrieved 5 December 2022.

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