This FREE Black Swan Wednesday offering is a super-danceable remix via Philadelphia-based MAMBISA - her takeon Iemanjo’s “Ciencia Ancestral,” the exciting opening track to his debut release, Medicina.
The inspiration behind the mix is best told in MAMBISA’s own words: "When Iemanjo's album came out, I listenedto it three times in a row and couldn't stop grinning. I felt like I knew the words already because they're soheartfelt, direct, exuberant, primal - pura medicina. I wanted to evoke the deep wilds of the jungle wherethis medicine tradition originated, and the light and shadow, the highs and lows of that ritual journey,paralleling and reflecting our journey in life. And I also wanted to add some jittery kicks and resonant basswhile letting the original acoustic instrumentation shine."
“Jittery kicks and resonant bass.” Definitely. And a whole lot of exuberance too. Don't go another minute without hearing "Ciencia Ancestral (MAMBISA Plant Bass-ed Remix)."
NOTE: This track is set to “name your price.” You’re very welcome to grab it for free, but we ask you toconsider supporting the art you want to see in the world.
Whatever you choose to pay, we hope you enjoy the music. As always, thanks for listening.
Watch the new video from Brenda McMorrow's new release My Heart Bows Down to You!
by Govind Das & Radha
Govind Das & Radha's newest release Lunar Mantras is a carefully-crafted gem of mantra chill-out sounds, designed to bring deep peace and spiritual upliftment to the listener. Drawing upon their long experience at their popular Santa Monica yoga studio, their intention was to create a sweetly delicious backdrop that would unfold as a sublime soundscape for all styles of yoga and healing practices. At the same time, their shared larger vision is to bring the Bhakti Yoga mantra of "love & healing through music" beyond the yoga studio and massage table and out into all aspects of everyday human life.
Whether poolside and sunbathing, mindful at work, or riding a bike and wearing headphones through city traffic, the listener will find the album’s sound completely accessible, with a hip, organic-electro vibe, breezy elements of reggae and a soothing ambient "feel” that brings transcendent joy to ordinary activities.
Miten is passionate about the video and feels that the message is especially poignant for this time of the year: "With the world in the melt down it's in right now, we have received many beautiful responses as a result (of the video) - and that's basically the point for us; to share something positive and uplifted, in love." Deva & Miten and Manose sang the song all through Eastern Europe this year and were very moved by the response...from Tel Aviv to Kiev.. As you'll see, the film has a very uplifting vibration.
From Deva & Miten: "We love this video - recorded live in Budapest, it captures the magic of what happens when we all come together. Be warned - it is 8 minutes long but we ask you to please stay with us until the end of the journey - it is a beautiful ending! So put your headphones on, crank up the volume and give it up for 8 minutes of inescapable love." (Video mixed and edited by Rishi.) VIEW 2016 EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
The acclaimed Canadian devotional chant artist Brenda McMorrow is beloved for her unique and warmly embracing style of mantra music. She blends elements of acoustic folk and world rhythms with a sweetly introspective singer-songwriter’s sensibility as she crafts tuneful, uplifting interpretations of traditional Sanskrit mantras with her own inspiring lyrics and excerpts of poems by the Sufi mystic Rumi. Ram Dass said “Brenda McMorrow has a gift” -- and her gift of deeply spiritual but very accessible music has touched the hearts of listeners worldwide.
On this fourth album, My Heart Bows Down to You, she draws upon her extensive travels as an in-demand touring artist to weave fresh new flavors into her distinctive sound; time spent in Spain, Peru and Mexico inspired the introduction of Spanish lyrics in some songs, while yearly visits to India have helped nurture the place of clarity and transformative growth in which her songs take root. The album includes liner notes that elucidate each mantra and offer the original Sanskrit chants along with the English and Spanish song lyrics.
Produced by Warren Huart (James Blunt, Trevor Hall), this new recording was largely crowd-funded by Brenda’s fans, and features the support of a talented cast of musicians and background singers on eleven sparkling original songs.
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Originally trained as a jazz flutist (studying with jazz master flutist James Newton and Afro-Cuban master Danilo Lozano), the Seattle-based Vermont native has spent decades studying and performing world flute styles drawn from traditional cultures, working with elders and forging a unique sound all his own. His work features American Indian music as well as Chinese, Cuban and American stylings that reflect his diverse influences. Evoking a spirit of place and the voices of the land, Gary’s work includes internationally acclaimed recordings at sacred sites, using the unique acoustics and history of each great space as the starting point for musical exploration -- a shared moment in a timeless place, where flute melodies both ancestral and modern play off one another and songs come alive, buoying and breathing through the generations.
Stroutsos has brought his music and stories to audiences throughout North America, as well as in Japan and Korea. His most recent soundtrack work is currently featured nationally on the award-winning PBS series Desert Dreams by filmmaker Thomas Wiewandt. His music has been heard on the soundtrack of Ken Burns’ Lewis and Clark: Journey of the Corps of Discovery, which led to a command performance at the White House for President Bill Clinton. His work has also been showcased on Jan Nickman’s Living Temples, on NPR broadcasts, New York Evening at the Pops, and the nationally syndicated radio program Echoes.
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Originally conceived by Amani Friend’s mother, ecstatic trance healer Bente Darma Friend, as a visionary spirit journey through the chakras of the body, this guided meditation voyage translates the cycle of energy centers into a richly resonant tapestry of sound.
Amani Friend and Rara Avis, of popular psy-trance collective Desert Dwellers, collaborated with such artists as Native American flute maestro Robert Mirabal and vocalist Sarah West, composing a multi-layered mosaic that includes overtone chanting, ethereal singing, shamanic invocations and natural atmospheres. In 2012, Amani met sacred performance artist Ixchel Prisma, and over the next two years they created the album Heart of the Shamans – utilizing the finely tuned arrangements of The Face of Love as the primary foundation for Ixchel’s ceremonial medicine songs.
Following this year’s release of Heart of the Shamans, here is the original version of The Face of Love, combining its enchanting musical palette with poetic healing guidance and body postures for each track’s corresponding chakra. Each phase of this cycle is a mirror for our soul, unfolding unique, spontaneous, ever-changing visions and insights.
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White Swan Records offers a complete menu of sonic textures designed to meet the musical needs of any lifestyle or listener. From Zen moods to dancefloor-igniting remixes, cross-cultural exploration is White Swan’s forte.
Phenomenal bestseller and mantra enchantress Deva Premal & Miten (over a million units sold) tops a growing roster of successful yoga, mantra and chant artists including Donna De Lory, Prem Joshua, Sean Johnson & the Wild Lotus Band, David Newman (Durga Das), Stevin McNamara, Mercedes Bahleda, Avasa & Matthew Love and Brenda McMorrow.
And with the US yoga scene populated by 20 million practitioners (and growing), White Swan Records is perfectly positioned to expand its reputation as the leading purveyor of “yoga beat.”