Mantra Radio – January 3rd 2013

      Mantra Radio - January 3rd 2012

An eclectic mix of beats, layers, and chants.

This weeks show kicks off with a smooth, long, and winding track by Jai Uttal and Ben Leinbach entitled Mahadeva. This piece features the chants Hara Hara Hara Mahadeva Jai Shiva Shambo, all names of, and an offering to the great dancer and cosmic destroyer Lord Shiva. This is followed by another track dedicated to Mahadeva by Birmingham born Steven Kapur aka Apache Indian, titled and containing the well-known mantra Om Namah Shivaya.

The next set begins with a powerful, energetic track entitled Om Kara from Portland-based group Anahata Sacred Sound Current. This is from their latest full-length release Whispers from Eternity. Next is new stuff from the prolific and talented Srikalogy with You Are the Lover, and then a track from the South African based bhakti-yoga teacher, speaker and musician, Ananda Vardana. His debut on Mantra Radio is a relaxed and flowing journey called Time Stands Still on Govardhan Hill. This is a song about the divine couple Radha and Krishna, and the hill on which they and their friends play.

Capping off this set is a new remix by Matthew Pearson aka Beat Poet Massive. The track is entitled Pancha Tattva and features the mantra of the same name, which is dedicated to the great mystic Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his friends. The original recording was performed by gypsy kirtaniya Sadhu Nada.

The final set of the show begins with a recording by Trevor Hall aka Rama Priya das. This song, entitled simply Ahau, features the calling of the seven directions, a ritual often performed as part of North American first nations gatherings and some other world traditions.

Steve Gold gets the last word with the song There is a Light from his latest album Let Your Heart be Known. This track contains the chant Om Hrim Hamsa So’Ham Swaha, sometimes refered to as the Mantra to the Supreme Light.

Alternate MP3 Link – Mantra Radio – Jan 3rd 2013.mp3

Mantra Radio – December 13th 2012

      Mantra Radio - December 13th 2012

An eclectic mix of beats, layers, and chants.

It’s not uncommon to see the elephant-headed deity Ganesh placed first in all kinds of different proceedings, because he is known to remove obstacles. Today’s show starts here too. The two friends Tim Donlou (aka Timonkey) and Joss Jaffe team up as Echosystem with a track entitled Ganesha Mantram, containing chants to Ganapati offered up in the sanksrit language. Joss follows this with a track from his solo release Dub Mantra, containing the chant Om Namah Shivaya, a song dedicated to Mahadeva aka Lord Shiva.

Continuing along the same lines, we next hear from Srikalogy with a remix of David Lurey’s Om Hrim Namah Shivaya. This is a mantra which not only addresses Shiva, but also his female counterpart, Shakti. The word Hrim being synonymous with Mahesvari, or Parvati.

Next up is another stellar recording by Minnesota’s BeautifulWorld, this one coming from the release Doorway to Infinity, and entitled Hari Om. Featuring the mantra Om Namo Bhagavate Vasudevaya, this is an offering to the Supreme utilizing the name of Vasudeva aka Vishnu/Krishna.

Aykanna present a sweet rendition of the well-known “Lords Prayer“, offered in the Aramaic and English languages, a beautiful mix of both. This is coming from the duo’s release entitled Mother. Finishing off this mid-show set is Marti Walker with a deep and swirling version of the Maha-Mantra, from her release Revolution.

The show ends with two songs from Chances-r-Good and Steve Gold respectively. From the fantastic release Boomerangs comes the track In Your Mind, the work of visual artist, musician, and all-around talented individual Chances-r-Good. This is followed by the sweet and rootsy sounds of Steve Gold with the track Unstruck Chord. He shares with us “I almost heard the music of my soul .. Loving me into motion .. into motion”.

Alternate MP3 Link – Mantra Radio – Dec 13th 2012.mp3