I Bow To You Waheguru (United Sound, 2015)
I Bow to You Waheguru is an album of devotional kirtan (Indian praise music) songs by Manika Kaur. It’s a meditative, easy to listen recording with gentle vocals, placid western arrangements and Indian music elements in the form of Indian-style violin, sarod and tabla.
The laid back, lavish production flows nicely. I Bow To You Waheguru includes renowned percussionist and electronic music producer Talvin Singh, as well as notable work by Rakhesh Chaurasia on bansuri (Indian flute) and Jyostna Srikanth on Indian-style violin.
“When I discovered kirtan as a girl, it was a different feeling from any other music I had known,” reveals Kaur. “Kirtan brings a sense of peace. You’re singing the most beautiful love letters to God. It’s so deep and beautiful.”
Kaur gives details about the composition process “The tunes pop into my head in the prayer room. I start singing the prayer instead of speaking it.”
Manika Kaur’s devotional album effortlessly crosses the boundaries of kirtan, new age and world music and will support S.O.S., a Sikh children’s education initiative.
Author: Angel Romero
Angel Romero y Ruiz has been writing about world music and progressive music for many years. He founded the websites worldmusiccentral.org and musicasdelmundo.com. Angel produced several specials for Metropolis (TVE) and co-produced “Musica NA”, a music show for Televisión Española (TVE) in Spain that featured an eclectic mix of world music, fusion, electronica, new age and contemporary classical music. Angel also produced and remastered world music and electronic music albums, compilations and boxed sets for Alula Records, Ellipsis Arts, Music of the World, Lektronic Soundscapes, and Mindchild Records. Angel is currently based in Durham, North Carolina.