””The Great Moon Hoax" refers to a series of six articles that were published in the New York Sun beginning on August 25, 1835, about the supposed discovery of life and even civilization on the Moon. The discoveries were falsely attributed to Sir John Herschel, perhaps the best-known astronomer of his time.
The articles described fantastic animals on the Moon, including bison, goats, unicorns, bipedal tail-less beavers and bat-like winged humanoids (“Vespertilio-homo”) who built temples. There were trees and oceans and beaches. These discoveries were supposedly made with “an immense telescope of an entirely new principle”.
Mulatu Astatke - Munayé (My Muna)
from his allmusic.com bio: “Ethiopian musician (piano, organ, vibraphone, and percussion), composer, and arranger Mulatu Astatke is a household name in his native country, where he is known as the father of Ethio-jazz, a unique blend of pop, modern jazz, traditional Ethiopian music, Latin rhythms, Caribbean reggae, and Afro-funk.”
I only discovered Mr. Astatke a few years ago and yow am I glad I did. He’s one of my all-time favorite composer/bandleaders now, right up there with Ellington and Mulligan, a man who throughout a decades-long career continued to innovate and explore new musical horizons. If you like this, the entire Ethiopiques series is worth checking out.