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Local DJ infuses the sounds of West Papua’s jungle into new single

Jessicha Valentina
Jessicha Valentina

The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sun, October 29, 2017 | 08:09 am
Local DJ infuses the sounds of West Papua’s jungle into new single

A cassowary visits Malagufuk village in Kalasou valley, West Papua. Local DJ Ninda Felina has produced a new track featuring the sounds of animals unique to Papua's rainforest. (Greenpeace/Jurnasyanto Sukarno)

It takes at least three hours and 50 minutes to fly from Jakarta to West Papua, making the pristine Papuan jungle seem like a faraway land for Jakartans.

Fortunately, local DJ Ninda Felina has brought the Papuan jungle closer the capital’s residents through her new single "Bird of Paradise."

Officially launched on Oct. 22, "Bird of Paradise" features sounds of the rainforest surrounding Malagufuk village, located in Klasou Valley, West Papua, including the Cendrawasih (bird-of-paradise), rainfall and flowing rivers.

Ninda Felina records rainforest sounds that surround Malagufuk village. Ninda Felina records rainforest sounds that surround Malagufuk village. (Greenpeace/Tasya Pradna Maulana)

Ninda reportedly joined conservation group Greenpeace for a 10-day trek through the rainforest.

The DJ shared in a press release that it took four hours to reach Malagufuk village.

However, her hard work paid off as she managed to hear and record the captivating sounds of animals unique to Papua, with the help of sound recordist Mark Roberts.

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“The sounds inspired me to produce [a song], not only to give a [new touch] to my music, but also to inspire people to love and protect our forest,” she added.

The track was produced in collaboration with Greenpeace and music composer-producer Ben Rosen for the Save Our Sounds project, which aims at saving Indonesia’s forests. Through the collaborative project, Ninda urges music enthusiasts to protect Indonesia’s forests.

"Bird of Paradise" is available for download here. (kes)

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