In the 1990s, Stella Wedell was vacationing in Empuriabrava, Spain and on the Spanish island of Mallorca when a mixtape she had created — featuring songs by Shaggy and Bob Marley and the Wailers, as well as several Disney numbers — went missing.
Wedell presumed the tape was lost forever, but years later, she spotted what she believed to be her tape on display in the Fotografiska gallery in Stockholm, Sweden.
The tape before it was professionally restored.
The tape washed up in 2017 on the beach at Playa de Barlovento de Jandía on Fuerteventura — a Spanish island off the coast of Africa — and was found by British artist and photographer Mandy Barker, who had been documenting plastic pollution as part of her artwork for years.
“I thought at the time it would be amazing if it played, but I never thought it would!” Barker told CNN.
Barker sent the tape to a professional audio restorer and, to her surprise, eventually managed to listen to all of the songs. Barker included the tape alongside the track listing in her traveling exhibition “Sea of Artifacts.”
Wedell emailed Barker in 2019 — days after she had visited Barker’s Stockholm exhibition — to tell her that she thought the tape was the very one she had lost when she was 12 years old.
Barker told CNN that Wedell was convinced the tape was the one she had lost…