Pioneering Ethnomusicologist David Fanshawe Dies at 68

Pioneering Ethnomusicologist David Fanshawe Dies at 68
Composer and ethnomusicologist David Fanshawe (a major player in the world music scene) passed away on Monday (July 5) following a stroke. Fanshawe was 68.

Fanshawe is known for his contributions to the early world music scene. He travelled the globe recording the music and documenting the lives of indigenous peoples, the end results of which ended up being The Fanshawe Collections, 3,000 tapes and 60,000 images taken by him throughout Southeast Asia, Africa, Arabia and the Pacific between 1967 and 1994.

Of the many collections of music Fanshawe released, 1972's choral African Sanctus is his widest known; head here to listen to a sample of that work. Fanshawe also composed over 50 TV and film scores, most notably for the British TV show Flambards.

Last year, Fanshawe received the Honorary Degree of Doctor of Music from the University of the West of England in recognition of his contribution to bringing music from around the world to people who don't read or write music, and to his pursuit of musical excellence.

A memorial site has been set up here. A memorial service is being planned for later in the year.