“What sets Wah! apart is her ability to surrender to the moment—to offer herself to the offering – wanting, in those moments, nothing but love and love alone.” Krishna Das
One of the most beloved artists in the world of devotional chant is the musician known as Wah! A multi-talented performer who has delighted fans for over a decade with her inspiring and blissful music, her voice rings with a powerful innocence and beauty. Now you are invited to experience The Best of Wah!—a collection selected by Wah! of her personal favorites from her ten albums.
Wah! and her band create a seductive blend of devotional chant, pop, and world music—yet the one thread that runs through each of her songs is her heartfelt spiritual presence. Featuring favorites such as Bolo Ram and Is It Love, The Best of Wah! is an invitation to be carried away on the pure sounds and graceful spirit of this remarkable musician.
- Contents: 1 CD (1 hour, 15 min)
- Dimensions: 5.75 x 5.00 in
1. Bolo Ram
2. Gopala Hare
3. Is It Love
5. Gayatri*luscious chill
6. Hare Krishna
7. Rakhsa Ma
8. Heart Sutra
10. Om Mani Padme Hum
12. Om Namah Shivaya
13. Shree Ram/OM
Message by Wah!
This album is a 10-year retrospective celebrating the advent of chant music in mainstream America . Who knew that over the past decade yoga and healing centers would become the new community hubs for physical and spiritual growth? My music has found its way to you because of this grass roots movement. Ten years may seem like a long time, but to be honest, I have been doing this all my life. The broadband connection to Infinite is created the moment I start singing. I don’t know why that is, I just know that it is so. Opening up to that energy is something that has both nurtured me and catapulted me into the abyss. Many of you share this experience, and together we have created a community of fans and friends all over the world. I thank you for buying my CDs, supporting my tours and generally offering your enthusiasm. It is because of you that I have been able to explore the gift of healing through music. -wah!
Australian Yoga Life Magazine/March-July 2007 by Richard Clark
Wah! has been the voice behind some of the most rapturous and downright beautiful yoga chant music of the last decade. On The Best of Wah! you’ll hear tracks from 10 CDs of the last 10 years includingStay in My Heart (Amma) from the album Embrace, Heart Sutra from Savasana*2, and an enchanting version of Om Namah Shivaya from Hidden in the Name. Wah! melds pleasing modern melodies perfectly with age old mantras and chants, as is the case with Bolo Ram from Jai Jai Jai, and charges English lyrics with spiritual insight as in Is It Love from Unplugged. A bass player and violinist (who studied raga on violin with Ravi Shankar’s disciple Roop Verma), she has travelled far and wide studying world music, lived the Ashram life, taught yoga, and toured with and managed Krishna Das. When Wah! sings, you’re spellbound. Some say her music is addictive. Some feel she is a Devi. Find out yourself with The Best of Wah!
Inner Change Magazine/Cherie Lassiter
There is a purity and grace to the voice of Wah. With a blend of chant, pop and world music, Wah will have you chanting with her or as a backdrop for yoga, massage or bodywork. Wah has performed with Krishna Das and studied in the US , India and Africa . Her interpretations of familiar chants such as ‘Om Namah Shivaya’, ‘Om Mani Padme Om’, and ‘Gayatri’ will inspire and deepen your meditation. Track 5, ‘Gayatri’, is a chill mix that will give you the chills. Track 8, ‘Heart Sutra’ will open your heart and body. Her familiar and beloved ‘Bolo Ram’ and ‘It is Love’ are included on this CD. The Best of Wah is a spirited collection of soul sounds to enhance stillness, devotion and release in your heart, spirit and body. There isn’t a track on here I don’t absolutely love!
LA Yoga Ayurveda & Health / Michael Mollura
Anyone who has been a kirtan junkie here in Los Angeles for the last decade or so knows who Wah is. Her accompanying violin solos with Krishna Das, and her bass playing and guitar strums are recognized nationally, as well as her ability to sing. Wah puts a unique slant on the familiar but ancient Sanskrit words. She has spent a lifetime immersed in music and has established herself as a champion of the devotional call-and-response chanting of kirtan.
The Best of collection is just as it sounds; it’s Wah’s most requested studio material all on one CD. It starts off with the hypnotic 15-minute “Bolo Ram” and then includes some of Wah’s melodic, English-sung tunes like “Is It Love” and “Stay in My Heart.” This CD is a must-have for anyone who hasn’t heard Wah’s music or just hasn’t purchased one of her many albums. It is a 10-year retrospective of recordings from which she has chosen the very best from her catalogue.
As someone who has not only reported on Wah’s career over the years, but has had the honor of working with her as a musician, I realize it may seem difficult to remain unbiased. But the basic fact is that Wah has been a part of the kirtan music scene as long as she has had a path. Wah has been an inspiration to many women who have wished to pursue this path, and her devotion has been an important part of the lives of many Los Angeles-based yogis (myself included).
Krishna Das always says at the end of his chants that we must honor those who have walked the path before us, and to this generation of Bhakti Yoga devotees, Wah is one of those souls. She not only walks the walk and talks the talk, but she offers herself generously and that energy is woven into the texture of each of her songs. This is an excellent CD to use for any kind of spiritual or physical practice and is highly recommended.