Wah!: The Dynamic Nature of Mantra Music and the Joy of Inspiring Performance Spaces

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“Singers should soar. You have to have your feet in the earth and be the lotus rising and blossoming towards heaven” – Wah!   Welcome Wah! Thank you so much for joining us. So, to start off, why do you make this music? The endless hours it takes recording, editing, mixing and proofing the songs gives me hours and hours of time in the mantra. Every track you listen to once, I’ve probably listened to 1000 times. That’s a thousand repetitions of every mantra in each track! Time spent immersed in mantra and yogic teachings keeps me in a higher energy. …

Moving Towards Bhakti: Q&A w/ Lea Longo

by Andrew Ross Collins Lea – when and where did you first experience kirtan  ?  Please tell us how it impacted you – would it be fair to say it was a transformative moment  ? Yes, it was a spiritual awakening moment for me. In January of 2006 , I visited India for the first time in Auroville, and attended a Yoga Chanting retreat where mantras and the Yoga of Sound was introduced. We chanted daily with Indian masters. It was a major discovery for me since I had never heard of such a practice in Yoga. The mantra had …

7 Ways to Bring More Bhakti Into Your Life by Brenda McMorrow

“Bhakti Yoga, like the other major paths of yoga, is a path to self-realization; a means to realizing our true nature.” – Brenda McMorrow If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a lover of mantra and kirtan—whether you like traditional call-and- response chanting or mantras set to dubstep. Kirtan (the practice of chanting the names of the Divine in a group setting) is one of the best known practices of Bhakti Yoga in the West. But did you know that there are lots of other ways to cultivate Bhakti (loving devotion) in your daily life, too?

Mantra Magic: Q&A with top selling chant artist Rogerio Jardim

“I have always been a firm believer that you should always follow your heart with no expectations. Doing something because that’s what you love.” – Rogerio Jardim Q: Please tell us a bit more about the collaboration between yourself and Veronique Dumont, for example who brings what elements to this project. A: It is a very interesting project.  Initially I build a base with a drone and some harmony then send that to Verionque.  She records a specific mantra to what I’ve created then sends me back the recording along with instructions regarding length, dynamics and rhythm.  Included will be …

The Joy of Collaborating: Meet Joss Jaffe

“Like surfing, music is about riding the waves.” – Joss Jaffe Joss Jaffe began playing guitar and writing songs at age nine. Introduced to the music of India through the chanting of his parents and their meditation teacher Baba Muktananda, he began studying tabla, sarode and vocal from Montino Bourbon at 15 – and later with Ali Akbar Khan, Swapan Chaudhuri and Zakir Hussain. Joss has accompanied Jai Uttal, Steve Kimock, Alex Grey, Rachel Brice, Silvia Nakkach and Shimshai. His most recent album “Dub Mantra Sangha” was a collaborative undertaking featuring Mykal Rose (Black Uhuru), Shimshai, Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer, Wah!, Donna De Lory, Silvia Nakkach, Jaya …

Songs for the Sangha

By Deva Premal & Miten featuring Manose and guest musicians Joby Baker and Spencer Cozens White Swan Records A good litmus test for a mantra music album is: does it make your spirit soar? Songs for the Sangha, the latest album by mantra music superstars Deva Premal & Miten, passes this test with flying colors. Exquisitely produced by multi-instrumentalist Joby Baker (whose production credits include the Cowboy Junkies and Tony Childs) the album features a mix of Deva Premal’s melodically rendered mantras and spiritually inspiring lyrics by Miten. The songs are enhanced by the soaring sounds of bansuri flute, courtesy …

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5 Musical Meditations to Try with your Kids

By Tori Rose For nearly 20 years, bestselling musicians Deva Premal & Miten have travelled the world singing mantras with people from all walks of life, including moms, stepdads, grandmas, nannies, kids, and even newborns. One thing that parents and other caregivers have told them, time and again, is that the mantras, or sacred sound formulas, “create an ambiance of rest, comfort, and an underlying sense of safety for their children,” says Miten. Deva Premal knows this firsthand; when she was young, her father taught her how to chant the Gayatri Mantra with him every night as a lullaby. (Little …