Valya Balkanska Biography (Wikipedia)
Valya Mladenova Balkanska (Bulgarian: Валя Младенова Балканска) (born 8 January 1942) 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 ye Delyo Haydutin", part of the Voyager Golden Record selection of music included in the two Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977.
Born in a hamlet near the village of Arda, Smolyan Province, Balkanska has been singing Rhodopean folk songs since her early childhood. She performs a repertoire of over 300 songs in Bulgaria and abroad. Balkanska is most famous in the West for "Izlel e Delyo haydutin", which she recorded in 1968 accompanied by the bagpipe (gaida) players Lazar Kanevski and Stephan Zahmanov. Her best-known recording - the singing performance of the song "Izlel is Deliu Haidutin" - was made in the late 1960s by the American explorer of Bulgarian folklore Martin Koening and was released on a plate in the United States. A few years later, a specimen of the plaque falls accidentally among the purchased records for the preparation of the Golden Plate, a message from the Earth to fly out of the Solar System aboard two identical spacecraft from the NASA Voyager program. The song is included in the final 90-minute selection of musicals by Carl Sagan and flies first to Voyager 2, which was launched on August 20, 1977, and two weeks later on September 5, 1977, and of Voyager 1. On August 25, 2012, Voyager 1 became the first object of human origin to leave the Heliosphere and to enter the Interstellar Environment.
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