Every little website project needs some miscellaneous multimedia, be it videos or music, and in this case both! Since the Sahara is one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, of course there are tons of books, movies, videos, and songs about this desert and landscape. So I'm sharing several of my favorites: a slideshow-type video, a song named after this desert, and a piano arrangement of the song. Enjoy! :)

The Sahara Desert

This is a video I found on YouTube, featuring background music of playing the bansuri and photography of the Sahara desert.

Nightwish - Sahara (Dark Passion Play) (lyrics here)

This is one of my favorite songs on the new album by Nightwish, a Finnish symphonic/progressive metal band and my all-time favorite (I featured Tuomas, the band leader, on my video for my project on The Village). Take a look at the beautiful lyrics as you listen to the song - it's gorgeous. Sahara is a fitting name for the song...it has a very deserty and Egyptian feel. Tuomas composed the entire song, wrote the lyrics, and does the keyboard parts, Anette Olzon does the vocals, Emppu Vuorinen plays the guitar, Marco Hietala plays bass, and Jukka Nevalainen does drums and percussion. Sahara is just so upbeat and exotic, one of the three Nightwish songs dedicated to Africa so far.

Piano Version of Sahara (Nightwish)

This is a fantastic piano version/cover/arrangement of Nightwish's song Sahara. It was done by a friend of mine, Jérôme Bailly, who's a genius composer and pianist with his own band named Heliantha in France. He has several Nightwish piano covers as well as his own compositions on YouTube, and will release Heliantha's first album sometime in the near future. Whoo! Just some perfect background music for Sahara to listen while you're surfing the web.