Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Senegalese Music in Space

On September 5, 1977 a spaceship called "Voyager I" was launched into space. The plan was to have it travel further into space than any other man-made object. Someone had the idea to put a disc of recordings on it, including musical recordings from all over the world. This became known as the "Golden Record".

One of the recordings is from Senegal. :-) It's percussion, and it's the same kind of music as that produced by kora and other local musicians in The Gambia (it sounds very Jola-ish). I thought it was cool, having the sound of Gambia/Senegal in space.

You can listen to the whole record here.

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