Sacred Sikh Vocals with a Global Appeal

Manika Kaur – Sacred Words

Manika Kaur – Sacred Words (Suriya Recordings, 2018)

Sacred Word is an album by a very successful kirtan performer named Manika Kaur. Kirtan is a type of devotional Sikh vocal music that has become very popular in American new age circles and beyond. Manika has crossed over into the world music field with collaborations with Talvin Singh and other artists.

Manika Kaur delivers pleasant, repetitive ethereal vocals accompanied by lush electronic arrangements and colorful acoustic Indian instruments. Guests include Scottish folk musician James Yorkston on guitar and dulcimer; Jyotsna Srikanth on violin; and Tunde Jegede on kora.

Sacred Words

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.

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