In the search for a deeper connection and inner calm, WILLOW and Jahnavi have combined their musical influences to create a spiritual, meditative and uplifting collection of art.
“At the moment everything is so dull and difficult, and everyone is really struggling,” Govinda Priya says. “So we wanted to offer something uplifting.”
As soon as you press play on the title track of Supersoul’s new EP “He Can Dance,” and hear the irresistibly catchy melody, funky rhythms, brass, and smooth harmonies, you’re likely to find that you yourself, and possibly your whole family, can do nothing but dance.
The deeply moving, soul-stirring track presents the prayer Sri Gurvastakam by Visvanath Chakravarti Thakur in a unique style that combines elements of classical, New Age and meditation music. It has been described by Bada Haridas’ wife Kosarupa Dasi as “pure meditation.”
Evoking a deeply affecting mixture of regret and hope, Gopagana Dasa’s new album “A Surge of Bhakti to the Heart” might be the perfect soundtrack to these difficult times for humanity.
Kirtan musician, Jahnavi Harrison and popular singer, Willow Smith have teamed up to release a new song entitled ‘Surrender (Krishna Keshava)’. The piece is a rendition of the sacred prayer for protection and shelter purportedly sung by Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu as he walked the length of India.
The first annual UP Devotional Arts & Film Festival, which took place on March 8th at Srila Prabhupada’s Samadhi Auditorium in Mayapur, focused on screening music videos by devotee artists from around the world.
For devotees and spiritual people looking for devotional music in a different genre than kirtan, but just as transformational, Russian husband-and-wife duo Nilambary’s debut album, the lush film-score-like “Eternal Prayers,” could be the answer.
The third album proper from Srikala – once known as Srikalogy – is a major evolution musically, lyrically and personally for the artist. Released on July 16th, “Beautiful Dark Moon” is an entrancing blend of R&B, hip-hop and world music.
After their successful debut album “Mrdanga” in 2010, The Mayapuris are about to release their second. The project, titled "Nine Islands", features the Mayapuris' signature sound, carried along the current of their musical evolution as recording artists.
In response to the current superhero craze, the album will be called “The Original Superheroes” and will feature songs about spiritual personalities and role models.
“Let’s go clean the toilets,” said Aindra Das, head of Krishna Balarama Mandir’s 24-Hour Kirtan Mandali in Vrindavana. “It will clean your heart. And when your heart is clean, you can actually chant Hare Krishna.” Eighteen-year-old Madhava Naidoo was taken aback. He was a hotshot mridanga player. He was in the 24 Hour Kirtan. Why should he do something so menial? “No way,” he retorted.
Sacinandana Swami once joked: “The scriptures predict that as Kali Yuga progresses, devotees will play musical instruments so loud that people will not be able to hear the maha-mantra anymore.” That might make you crack a smile, but the background isn’t so funny.
Prabhupada disciple and Gainesville Krishna House leader Kalakantha Das may not be your typical rapper. He is, after all, in his words “a sixty-four-year-old white guy.” But his new book “Bhagavad-gita: The Rap of God” is already getting rave reviews from contemporary audiences.
Nandapriya Das, born Zaza Ujmajuridze, was born in Tbilisi, Georgia – a country beautifully set between the Caucasus Mountains and the Black Sea with a culture as ancient as its language, came out with his new music album. Besides being a musician, he is a successful oncologist, working in Denmark.
Nearly every track’s lyrics comprise entirely of the Hare Krishna mantra, set to infectious tunes, uplifting beats and synths, and soaring backing vocals. Quite different from the usual big releases from the kirtan world, it’s an attempt by creator Chandrashekhara Acharya Das (Cyril Wohrer) to reach a broader audience and “dovetail” a lifelong dream into service.
Her lyrics are like prayers, which, with the aid of her astoundingly beautiful voice, fully capable of capturing the heart - sometimes by stirring it up, other times by pacifying it.
Nueva Vrajamandala’s Instituto de Estudios Bhaktivedanta, which is hosting the course, wanted present and future generations of devotees to learn the proper standards of kirtan.
On January 20th, senior Prabhupada disciple Yogesvara Dasa is bringing “Here Comes the Sun: A Musical and Spiritual Tribute to George Harrison” back to the Integral Yoga Institute in New York City. The show is based on Yogesvara’s (Joshua Greene’s) 2006 book Here Comes the Sun, which briefly hit Amazon.com’s bestseller list, and was published in five foreign languages.
Srila Prabhupada disciple and popular Venezuelan musician Havi Das (Ilan Chester) delivered a deep and powerful Krishna conscious message while receiving a Latin Grammy award recently. The speech and its message of substance, amidst more typical award acceptance fare, was well received by the audience.
A line-up of accomplished devotional practitioners led an ongoing sequence of kirtan sessions, offering a wholly absorbing and resonant spiritual adventure to all those who were fortunate enough to take part in this well-received event.
A multi-talented musician, Havi Das – a Srila Prabhupada disciple – is a highly successful pop and traditional artist in his native Venezuela as well as throughout South America. He grew up listening to Venezuelan folk, Afro-Caribbean dance, British progressive rock, and American R&B, all of which influence his own music.
Nathdvara is a place in Rajasthan, Nathdvara 2.0 is a state of mind. It is a combination of old and new. It embraces tradition while being unapologetically progressive. It is simultaneously hip hop and bhajan. It is the future. Music and video by Gaura Karuna Klein. Find out more at https://www.gaurakaruna.com
(J.Richardson - C.Willcox) From the album "Love´s Undying Storm" 1996.
For decades, Bada Hari has been singing kirtan, teaching others, and mentoring young devotees. And for the past five years, he has been touring non-stop with Indradyumna Swami, averaging 13 countries a year and trying to serve people by connecting them with the Holy Name. Listeners say all this experience, service attitude and austerity can be felt in what some are calling “his finest work to date.”
MC Yogi Forward Video filmed by Amanda Giacomini and MC Yogi. Edited by Amanda Giacomini. Music by MC Yogi and Robin Livingston.
Music and video by Dr. Sahadeva Dasa.
The Mayapuris were one of the original second generation ISKCON groups to bring Gaudiya Vaishnava kirtan to the forefront of the burgeoning mainstream kirtan scene. Since their debut, others have continued to forge the path, with Madi Das and his Bhakti Without Borders charity album winning a Grammy nomination. Inspired by Madi’s achievement, the Mayapuris hope that with their second album, they can bring kirtan further into the mainstream, to places it hasn’t been before.
“Prayer to the Lotus Feet of Lord Krishna” is an Agnideva tour de force, delivered with inimitable grace and unassailable expertise. A tribute to the great acharyas and Srila Prabhupada, he honors them by working sensitively and cooperatively with mainly second-generation devotees who also show considerable talent and enthusiasm.
This is a traditional Gaudiya Vaisnava song, composed by Srila Narottama Das Thakura. Music and performance by Dr. Sahadeva Das.
Legendary kirtaniya Agnideva Dasa’s first new album in many years, to be released in January 2017, will be entitled “Prayer to the Lotus Feet of Lord Krishna.” It will sound like “an intimate kirtan with friends,” producers say. Named after one of its tracks – a bhajan Srila Prabhupada wrote aboard the Jaladuta on his way to America – it will be a heartfelt offering to the ISKCON Founder at the end of ISKCON’s 50th anniversary year.
A fun music video of devotees seeing Krsna everywhere.
Music video by Mikey Jay filmed in Sridham Mayapur. Get the full album at http://mikeyjay108.bandcamp.com/
Four kirtan albums by ISKCON chanters, most of them second-generation devotees, made the Top 20 Conscious Music Albums of 2015 list on Soul Traveller Radio this January. The list, voted for by listeners worldwide, included new age, electronica, and reggae artists, as well as renowned artists from the broader kirtan community such as Dave Stringer, Krishna Das, MC Yogi, and Deva Premal.
Like a River is the title track from the debut album of Jahnavi Harrison, 'Like a River to the Sea', released on July 24th 2015.
The track features a refrain from the Govinda Damodara Stotram by medieval saint-poet, Srila Bilvamangala Thakur and is a meditation on protecting sacred environments internally and externally.
Written, composed and arranged by Jahnavi Harrison and Gauravani Buchwald.
We’re in a golden age of kirtan albums. The offerings are diverse: In May, Ananda Monet’s Inevitable Time told us the story of the Mahabharat in theatrical, epic style; and Madi’s Bhakti Without Borders stuck in our heads with its catchy pop sensibilities. Now, Jahnavi Harrison’s Like A River to the Sea (July 24th, Mantralogy) takes us on a journey.
Album: BHAKTI WITHOUT BORDERS. Producer: Dave Stringer, Singers: Chaytanya & Madi Das. Song: Shri Radhe. Band website: kirtan-shakti.com
Music Video Credits:
Choreographer: Anapayini Jakupko
Dancers: Bhakti Kalalayam Dance Academy
Mridanga player: Sri Nama Vanamali
Shakti Films & Bhava Films
Director: Krishna Sanchez
Cinematographers: Krishna Sanchez, Hilary Zakheim, Kuva Zakheim
Editors: Hilary Zakheim & Krishna Sanchez
Special Thanks: Inner Voice Productions
BUY THE ALBUM BHAKTI WITHOUT BORDERS TODAY! Available from Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon and Google Play. All profits from BHAKTI WITHOUT BORDERS will fund education for underprivileged girls in Vrindavan, India. More information about the charity at fflvrindavan.org
Radha Krishna Records, launched at Sri Sri Radha Londonisvara’s 40th anniversary in 2009, aims to release spiritual albums with high production values that will inspire appreciation for kirtan and a Krishna conscious message in a broad audience. Inevitable Time is mixed at Metropolis, a studio used by Madonna and Michael Jackson.
Pierre Edel - vocals, guitars, bass
Lera Grin - vocals
The Krishna Sambandha kirtan band from Chile, South America, has a motto that is inspirationally opposite to just about every other music artist out there: “We don’t want fame through music, but we want to make Krishna famous.” The group has the skills to do just that. Formed in 2007 by Sri Bhakti and Visvanath Chakravarti, it now has seven members, each with over ten years’ formal music training.
Sri Krishna Govinda from the album Ocean of Mercy. Jaya Madhava Das (Vocals/Lyrics), Trevor Buckingham (Producer, Backing vocals, guitars,percussion etc), Eddie-ji (Guitar, backing vocals), Guest Backing vocal: Eamon Sefton
Young poet and hip-hop musician Mikey Jay describes himself as “a wandering soul learning the lessons of life” as he “traverses its diverse path.” For Rama Navami, April 8th, 2014, he came out with a new music album the “Sri Isopanisad”, consisting of 19 songs; an Invocation and 18 songs based on the 18 Mantras of the ancient scripture the Sri Isopanisad.
"Most High: Sri Isopanisad - Mantra One" by Mikey Jay (UK.)
Symphony of the Soul, the new symphonic orchestral album from Latin Grammy Award Winner Havi Das (Ilan Chester), is one of the most ambitious musical projects ever undertaken by an ISKCON devotee.
Renowned US kirtan singer Bada Haridas, a disciple of Srila Prabhupada, is well known for combining classical and modern western instrumentation with traditional Vaishnava instruments. His soaring compositions have always been inspirational to devotees around the world.
Kirtan for Gypsies. Music prayformed by Sadhu Nada. From the album "Chantrika", available on CD or digital download at www.sadhunada.com.
Footage borrowed of Mahavishnu Swami Kirtan at Ratha Yatra at Croome Court Hare Krishna Festival 2nd September 2012
A brand new music video entitled "Golden Avatar". It is a song off of The Beginning Is Near CD by the Red Rock Rishis. (www.redrockrishis.com)
(The Red Rock Rishis kirtan group is looking for an experienced female back-up or lead singer, someone with a young voice, for recording on a new double album CD, to begin recording in the beginning of July. To respond to this request write at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
The Red Rock Rishis kirtan group, has made some very tasteful musical arrangements accompanying the Hare Krishna maha mantra. One of the songs from their most recent album is called "Starship Mantra". The music fits the title and the melody is very catchy. The pictures of Prabhupada and Krishna that accompany this music-video just captivate the heart.
Srila Prabhupada once said to a reporter, that there are three ways to travel - by machine, by pigeon, and by mantra. It must have been a bit of a challenge to come up with pictures that would help to give the hearer a real transcendental "oddessy" experience by listening to and chanting along with this "Starship Mantra" song.
So travel by maha mantra, and leave all your worries behind. Hare Krishna. (Text by Nistha Bhakti)
Lyrics and production by Mike Jones (http://mikeyjay108.org)
VANDE, an initiative developed by the GBC outreach subcommittee at the GBC meetings in Mayapur, aims to support Vaishnava arts and culture within ISKCON through a variety of different efforts.
A Hip-Hop video from Mikey Jay, an ISKCON devotee from Wales, UK. The video based on Śrīla Prabhupāda's purport to the invocation of Sri Isopanisad.
Due to the global success of Sir Ivan's single Hare Krishna from I Am Peaceman, Worldwide Records entered into a full distribution deal with Sir Ivan's New York based label, Peaceman Music. Hare Krishna went to # 10 on Billboard Magazine's Dance Club Songs Chart in the U.S. in April 2011.
Karnamrita Dasi performs devotional music from India ~ talks about the deep significance of singing and chanting.
Music and video by Uddhava Das.
One of the most beautiful prayers and songs ever composed and sung.
This summer, when 35 million people tuned in to India’s Got Talent—which features Bollywood star judges and is hailed as Asia’s biggest talent show—they probably didn’t expect to see a group of devotees in dhotis and saris, chanting Hare Krishna.
As a kid growing up in Dagenham, Essex in the 1950s and early 1960s, John Richardson hated ballroom dance music and crooning. But his area at the time had only one radio station, and that was the only type of music it played.
Did you know that crickets sing like humans?
The angelic chorus you hear accompanying the sound of the crickets is NOT a synthesizer or a chorus singing. It's the crickets themselves (slowed down) creating the effect.
Tulasi Harrison was only seven years old—still practically a baby herself—when she decided she wanted to become a midwife and help bring new life into the world. Her little brother was fortunate enough to be delivered by a devotee midwife. Present for the birth, Tulasi watched with fascination as her mother’s friend Ramadevi brought her brother into the world.
The Gospel According to Bob Dylan? Well, why not? Author Michael J. Gilmour sits down to explain why "Bobheads" continue to find spiritual meaning in Bob Dylan's music almost 50 years after Dylan's debut album was released.
Researchers from Northwestern University recently published a series of data in the journal Nature Reviews Neuroscience, revealing that music plays an important role in nervous system development.
Some Hindu groups are upset by what they see as trivialization of their beliefs.
Gaura Vani, a Hare Krishna musician who combines traditional Indian kirtan music with Western elements such as 12-string guitar, gospel choruses, and hip-hop rhythms, is a musical product of his environments.