About 12 years ago, my good friend Micheal burned me a mix CD before moving from Asheville, NC to Albuquerque, NM. It was filled with all sorts of musical goodness, including, of course, a couple of tracks by the Grateful Dead, and ended with a beautiful track that combined percussion, cellos and Navajo chants.
When I listened to that track I was mesmerized. It was so totally different and fantastic. Unfortunately, Michael didn't get the name of the track (he found it online), and ever since then I've been trying -- on and off -- to identify it.
Enter tonight. Jen's sister is here for a visit and has an unidentified CD that we were trying to find out what it was (we haven't been able to yet), and in the course of that attempt, I came across a free program that claims to be able to id songs by the sound. After I tried Lisa's CD, I put in that mix CD and ....
The song is Yehe-Noha, on the album Chants and Dances of Native Americans, by the German artist Claus Zundel, performing under the name "Sacred Spirit". It was apparently a worldwide sensation when it first came out. A couple years ago I uploaded it to a free music hosting site that has since gone out of commission, but there's a sample of the song here.