Listen to the Oldest Song in the World
Known as the "Hurrian Hymn to Nikkal" or "Hurrian Hymn No. 6," this is the oldest complete song known to humankind. Discovered in an excavation in northern Syria in the 1950s and written in cuneiform in the Hurrian language, the song is believed to date to at least 1400 B.C.
The song contains prayers to Nikkal, the Semitic goddess of orchards and wife of the moon god, and is meant to be accompanied by a type of stringed instrument. The following is a recent interpretation by the Norwegian experimental folk collective Heilung.
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