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In the Ring of Fire
This will be short but I had to share.
I know little or nothing about Papua New Guinea or its people other than that it is located in the southwestern Pacific (encompassing the eastern half of New Guinea and its offshore islands). It is known both for its cultural diversity (more than 800 languages are spoken there) and incredible natural wonders. It is also part of the “Ring of Fire” which is known for its volcanoes, earthquakes, landslides, tsunamis, tropical cyclones, flooding and coastal erosion. Can you imagine living with regular earthquakes and the knowledge that a volcano might start spewing molten rock and ash at any moment?
Below is a short clip of bushmen singing as they walk home from work through the Papua New Guinea forest that captivated me. There are two versions. The first is the original without background:
The second has a deep base note added by Jay Den (a TikTok musician) behind it. Both are stunning reminders of the beauty of the human voice.
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Which brings me to some questions.
When was the last time you sang spontaneously and why?
What would it be like if singing was part of work?
If you could sing at work, what music would you choose?
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