Valya Balkanska is a Bulgarian folk music singer from the Rhodope Mountains known locally for her wide repertoire of Balkan folksong, but in the West mainly for singing the song „Izlel e Delyu Haydutin“, part of the Voyager Golden Record selection of music included in the two Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977. It is expected that her voice will be played in space for at least 60,000 years more.
What is the Golden Record?
Pioneers 10 and 11, which preceded Voyager, both carried small metal plaques identifying their time and place of origin for the benefit of any other spacefarers that might find them in the distant future. With this example before them, NASA placed a more ambitious message aboard Voyager 1 and 2-a kind of time capsule, intended to communicate a story of our world to extraterrestrials. The Voyager message is carried by a phonograph record-a 12-inch gold-plated copper disk containing sounds and images selected to portray the diversity of life and culture on Earth.
Why The MYSTERY of the Bulgarian Voices?