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7 Ways to Bring More Bhakti Into Your Life by Brenda McMorrow

BrendaMcMorrow605“Bhakti Yoga, like the other major paths of yoga, is a path to self-realization; a means to realizing our true nature.” – Brenda McMorrow

If you’re reading this blog, you’re probably a lover of mantra and kirtan—whether you like traditional call-and- response chanting or mantras set to dubstep. Kirtan (the practice of chanting the names of the Divine in a group setting) is one of the best known practices of Bhakti Yoga in the West. But did you know that there are lots of other ways to cultivate Bhakti (loving devotion) in your daily life, too?

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Mantra Magic: Q&A with top selling chant artist Rogerio Jardim

300x300“I have always been a firm believer that you should always follow your heart with no expectations. Doing something because that’s what you love.” – Rogerio Jardim

Q: Please tell us a bit more about the collaboration between yourself and Veronique Dumont, for example who brings what elements to this project.

A: It is a very interesting project.  Initially I build a base with a drone and some harmony then send that to Verionque.  She records a specific mantra to what I’ve created then sends me back the recording along with instructions regarding length, dynamics and rhythm.  Included will be an explanation of the mantra so that I can get a deeper feel for what she wants.  The next step is for me to add more sounds and harmonies to embellish her vocals.  This back and forth process is a very gratifying and efficient way for us to work over distance.  

Q: Is working with Veronique the first time you’ve done mantra based music?

A: Yes, and I am very thankful that this “door” has opened in my journey as an artist.

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The Joy of Collaborating: Meet Joss Jaffe

Joss Jaffe

“Like surfing, music is about riding the waves.” – Joss Jaffe

Joss Jaffe began playing guitar and writing songs at age nine. Introduced to the music of India through the chanting of his parents and their meditation teacher Baba Muktananda, he began studying tabla, sarode and vocal from Montino Bourbon at 15 – and later with Ali Akbar Khan, Swapan Chaudhuri and Zakir Hussain. Joss has accompanied Jai Uttal, Steve Kimock, Alex Grey, Rachel Brice, Silvia Nakkach and Shimshai.

His most recent album “Dub Mantra Sangha” was a collaborative undertaking featuring Mykal Rose (Black Uhuru), Shimshai, Jai Uttal, Dave Stringer, Wah!, Donna De Lory, Silvia Nakkach, Jaya Lakshmi, Karnamrita Dasi, Suzanne Sterling, Masood Ali Khan, Sheela Bringi, Aco Takenaka, and Sophia Mae Lin. His pedigree and connectivity in the yoga music world made him a prime candidate to talk to about his journey. 

407732What inspires you to make music?
Spontaneous Joy! Like surfing, music is about riding the waves.

What made you decide to take on such a collaborative project like this?
I’ve been blessed to work with all the fabulous artists on the album over the years as tabla player, bassist and back-up vocalist. The only artist I had never performed with previously was Mykal Rose. The album grew naturally and more and more people expressed interest in being a part of it. It became a Sangha (community) and so we chose that name.

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Songs for the Sangha

By Deva Premal & Miten featuring Manose and guest musicians Joby Baker and Spencer Cozens White Swan Records A good litmus test for a mantra music album is: does it make your spirit soar? Songs for the Sangha, the latest…

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