World music at Paris' Musée du quai Branly

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There's something cool and cultural that happens on Sunday afternoons from late June and throughout July in a Parisian museum's gardens on the Left Bank. Music from Musée du quai Branly's extensive media library from traditional and pop music to field recordings from different corners of the globe is played to a live audience.  Musicians, singers and DJs collaborating with Toulouse-founded Les Siestas Electroniques are invited to sample music and other work from the museum's non-European library, and perform during the open-air event which is free to a limited public audience. 

The museum's music archive contains roughly 6,000 digitized CDs dedicated to folk music and ethnographic work from Polynesia/Micronesia, Asia, Africa and the Americas. 

This is a sampling of previous summer concerts with a very interesting gadget that produces sound with Pierre Bastien behind it. 

Excerpt from a recent Resident Advisor article where one of the most popular Les Siestas Electronique's featured artists, Zaltan describing his DJ set back in August 2015  :

119I decided to go over the collection in the same way I would have done for a disco or house collection from an old discotheque

129I am not an ethnomusicologist

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