Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Galactic Folk: Valya Balkanska and "Izlel e Delyu Haydutin"

You've probably never heard of the artist, Valya Balkanska, who performs our random tune today. But you should, as she is one of the human voices that may eventually be heard by aliens should they ever run across one of the two Voyager spacecraft leaving our solar system. A Bulgarian folk singer, she was known locally for her wide repertoire of over 300 songs. Her rendition of this song, Izlel e Delyu Haydutin was chosen to be included on the Golden Records included on the two Voyager spacecraft. She is a recipient of Bulgaria's highest honor, the Stara Planina Orden, and is a member of Bulgaria's Walk of Fame. Izlel e Delyu Haydutin can be heard on her album Glas ot Vechnostta (2003).