Spanish music goes stratospheric

LAST UPDATED: 7 Jun, 2011 @ 12:08
Spanish music goes stratospheric

SPANISH band Stormy Mondays are going literally out of this world.

The little-known group from Asturias are going stratospheric after winning a competition organised by NASA to have their music played in space.

Their track ‘Sunrise Number 1’ will be used as a wakeup call for the crew of the space shuttle Endeavour when it completes 24 years of service on June 1.

It comes after weeks of online voting saw Stormy Mondays – the only Spanish band in the running – manage to beat nine US finalists with almost half of the 1.5 million votes.

Entries had to be original works, composed around a spaceflight theme and submitted by the band.

“We’re really happy because, on top of everything else it means people like this song,” said front man Jorge Otero.

“It is a triumph to be heard in space, but to be played here on earth is just as great.”

All proceedings from the sale of Sunrise Number 1 will go to five non-profit organisations, including Oxfam, the Red Cross and Greenpeace.


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