Wah! – Spiritual Voice of Musical Exploration
“The mantras are designed to lead you into infinite space. But unlike many spiritual practices, chanting needn’t be approached with solemnity…if it’s got a groove, and if it’s playful, I’m there.”
Wah! began yoga and meditation at age 17, and cultivated her sound with travels to Europe, India and Africa. A college course on raga, melodic modes used for Indian classical chant, led her to an exploration of classical, world, jazz and reggae music as well as the performing arts. Wah! also spent time living in Ghana in a shamanic shrine in the hills, beginning her days with drumming and dancing, moved by the feeling of community they created.
Today her music draws from both current trends and ancient traditions, creating upbeat interpretations of Sanskrit chants (kirtan) infused with pop, reggae and folk melodies. If you’ve taken a yoga class in the last five years, you have no doubt heard her music and her indisputably unique, sultry voice. Captivating audiences around the world, Wah! performs more than one hundred dates a year. Her music is sold throughout North America, Europe, Japan and Australia. Her acclaimed solo albums include Jai Jai Jai and Savasana.
With “Love Holding Love”, Wah! once again reinvents the genre of kirtan chant with her synthesis of Sade-like production and traditional Sanskrit mantras. Her mesmerizing, hypnotic voice bridges the ancient art of kirtan with the contemporary, ecstatic sound of western culture.
“Wah! has been a local pioneer when it comes to organically infusing mantra into contemporary music. I especially liked her version of the Ganesh mantra over the minimal Hip Hop groove because of its raw but natural flow, allowing the mantra to pass through me with ease while I comfortably ride the rhythm.” – Frank Fitzpatrick
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