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Queen Be: The Goddess Within
From the soaring French Horns and battle drums in Ajai Alai to the quiet lullaby that is Maha Goddess Mantra, and from the sweeping sounds of the bagpipe in Mangala Saaj Bha-i-aa to the Afro Pop beat in Say Saraswati, Queen Be combines the musical traditions from as far as West Africa to the Scottish Highlands to contemporary American Jazz. Queen Be celebrates the Goddess within all of us.
Every track on Queen Be takes you on a journey around the world and back again. Influenced by music from many traditions, Sat Purkh wanted this album to reflect the diversity of our global community of Kundalini Yoga practitioners and teachers.
“As a Kundalini Yogi,” says Sat Purkh, “I’ve wanted to record some of these mantras for years, mainly because I wanted a sound that matched my own practice. I wanted an Ajai Alai that would energize me, that would match the courage and strength that I experience from Guru Gobind Singh. With a strong 6-beat rhythm, Ajai Alai opens lyrically and then carries you away on the drums of war. Meditate or practice Gatka with this track and awaken the spiritual warrior within!”
The kora and calabash on Say Saraswati, along with the Afro Pop beat of the bass, sweep you away to the shores of Mother Africa. This has long been one of Sat Purkh’s favorite mantras—and with this version, we celebrate together the sweetness and the simplicity of the steady, primal beat of a woman’s heart.
Jai Ma! is a celebration of the Ma from four different traditions, culminating in our own Kundalini Bhakti Mantra: Adi Shakti. Re-mastered for release on this album, cello has been added to support the sound throughout, as well as new vocals to celebrate the creativity and healing of the sacred mother, which is found in the simplicity of the human voice.
1. The Maha Goddess Mantra 6:20
2. Sat Narayan Hari Narayan 12:15
3. Say Saraswati 12:05
4. Longing: Mangala Saaj Bhai-aa 10:12
5. Fearlessness: Ajai Alai 11:50
6. Contentment: Thir Ghar Baiso 8:45
7. Jai Ma! Adi Shakti 10:15
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered by Jon Gagan, Electric Company Studio, Santa Fe, New Mexico. Produced by Sat Purkh Kaur Khalsa, Chiaroscuro Productions—Light is both wave and particle.
Sat Purkh Kaur is a writer, editor, poet, singer, songwriter, producer, and a pretty good cook, too. She serves as Editor and Creative Director for the Kundalini Research Institute. This is her third album of sacred music, the first two being Nectar of the Name and Beautiful Day. She recently authored Everyday Grace: The Art of Being a Woman, an introduction to the Women’s Teachings of Yogi Bhajan. She lives with her two cats, Fatty and Slim, and her dog, Vinnie.