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World of Chant Ken Almond
Chanting is a combination of the heartfulness of a sing-a-long with the ecstasy of a rock concert, and the spirituality of meditation. Take a journey from culture to culture, religious tradition to tradition, and experience the sound of universal chanting, some of which is thousands of years old. Chanting is a bridge between the world of spirit and the material world we live in and is good for the mind, body and soul.
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- Chants by Canadians - a Reprise! Posted: May 27, 2018 - 58 minutes - 55.7 Mb - playsheet -
Canada has an incredible number of devotional chant artists from sea to sea. This episode has 10 chants from our very talented group of artists. Originally aired as Episode 14, February 22, 2018.
Episode 26 - Indigenous Chants and Songs Posted: May 20, 2018 - 58 minutes - 55.7 Mb - playsheet -
The combination of chanting and singing is present amoung the tribes of the North American Indigenous peoples, the thousand of African tribes, the first peoples of Australia and in Indigenous nations all over the planet. On this episode we will hear a small offering of songs affiliated with rituals, rites of passage or pleas for elements needed for survival. And we will hear a didgeridoo!
Sometimes you don't need a reason to chant, so on this episode we are doing just that!
No theme, just listening to chants from devotional chant artists from Canada, England,the USA,
Australia and India including 5 artists or groups who are on A World of Chant for the first time.
Acapella singing is a genre unto itself and when sacred devotional songs are sung in the acapella style, the result is truly uplifting! Acapella is singing without instrumental accompaniment, some groups use their voices to emulate instruments, like a beat box, and some are more traditional and focus on harmonizing. Many combine both elements. This episode illustrates both styles.
Episode 23 - The Beatles in India - it’s 50 years later! Posted: April 29, 2018 - 58 minutes - 55.7 Mb - playsheet -
The Beatles obviously need no introduction! Their time at an ashram in India in 1968 had a significant influence on their music and on this episode, this story is told by a Canadian photographer and filmmaker. Paul Saltzman, who spent time with them at Rishikesh, the Maharishi’s ashram at the foot of the Himalayas. The Beatles denunciation of drugs in favour of Transcendental Meditation taught by the Maharishi received widespread world media attention and their visit was the most productive period for the band’s songwriting. George Harrison’s love affair with India began in 1967 during a six week stay with his mentor and sitar teacher Ravi Shankar. A small selection of songs influenced by these experiences can be heard on this episode.
Episode 22 - A State of Bliss! Posted: April 22, 2018 - 58 minutes - 55.7 Mb - playsheet -
One of the main intentions of listening to or singing devotional chant is to attain a state of bliss. This selection of chants has been made to hopefully bring you peace and take you
from your head into your heart. Bliss is a superlative state which is far above and beyond happiness.
Paramhansa Yogananda, explained that bliss is, “a transcendental state of superior calm including within itself the consciousness of a great expansion and that of ‘all in One and One in all.’”
Episode 21 - Deva Premal & Miten: Music of Life, Life of Music Posted: April 15, 2018 - 58 minutes - 55.7 Mb - playsheet -
Deva Premal and her life partner Miten, are an example of when souls blend, wonders emerge. Creating magical mantra music for almost 30 years, their popularity is as vibrant as ever. This episode is dedicated to them at a time when they have encountered life threatening issues. Thankfully Miten has surprised everyone with his amazing power of recovery and he plans to participate in their upcoming Soul of Mantra Tour, fingers crossed, by gracing the stage with a couple of his beautiful songs.
Episode 20 - Yes, we do have devotional chants in English! Posted: April 8, 2018 - 58 minutes - 55.7 Mb - playsheet -
After playing mainly chants in Sanskrit, some in Hebrew, Latin and Arabic, it’s time to hear from incredible devotional chant artists singing and chanting in English including Deva Premal & Miten, Donna De Lory, Mirabai Ceiba, Snatam Kaur, Daphne Tse, Hayley Westenra and Canadians Shakti Deva, Hirdaya and the Give Peace a Chant gang from Vancouver.
Episode 19 - Krishna Das & Friends Posted: April 1, 2018 - 58 minutes - 55.7 Mb - playsheet -
Krishna Das has collaborated over the years with like minded musicians and created some memorable recordings of devotional chant. We will hear MC Yogi, Sting, Baird Hersey & Prana, Deva Premal and two special bhajans featuring Ustad Sultan Khan playing his signature sarangi-an, the intensely demanding and hauntingly beautiful classical Indian bowed instrument.
Episode 18 - Donna De Lory, uplifting, alluring, dynamic! Posted: March 25, 2018 - 58 minutes - 55.7 Mb - playsheet -
“Donna De Lory doesn’t simply sing or play musical instruments. She invokes! She uplifts! Her sounds are truly angelic.” Marianne Williamson, accomplished spriritual teacher, author and lecturer.