A haunting recording from 1903. The artist is a Malaysian musician called Qasim, the piece is called ‘Lagu Nuri Terbang Malam’. It was among the first recordings made in Asia by recording industry legend Fred Gaisberg. It’s collected here, in WFMU’s Free Music Archive, by the esteemed Excavated Shellac, whose library of old folklore recordings is wonderful. More information about this recording on the Free Music Archive’s web site and on the Excavated Shellac blog.
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