In March 2008 the renowned world music magazine ‘Songlines’ celebrated its 50th issue. Alongside the regular articles and reviews there were some special features, one of them a list of ’50 Great Moments in World Music’, covering some remarkable musical happenings from evry corner of our planet over the past 7000 years.
cover of Songlines, 50th edition (March 2008)
At the bottom of the list the editors humbly added that the Songlines-list just appears to be ‘a snapshot’ of all the numerous great moments in the history of world music. Therefore Songlines invited readers to write about other great musical moments, ‘missing links’, that also deserve to be mentioned. Since I like to see things listed and could easily sum up some other ‘Great Moments’ I wrote to Songlines and suggested 5 more ‘key moments’ in recent world music history, from the world premiere of Colin McPhee’s ‘Tabuh-Tabuhan’ in 1936, to the remarkable success of the overtone record ‘Hearing solar winds’. In Songlines no. 51 -the April/May 2008-issue- my letter -see and click on the picture below- was published. Big fun!
my letter in Songlines no.51 (April/May 2008)
the cover of Songlines no.51 (April/May 2008)