Jai Jai Jai weaves simple lines of devotion with hip production and industry talent. Tracks contributed by Katisse Buckingham, Kirk Margo, George Shelby, Paul Hollman, Girish Gambhira and David Leach. Chants to Durge, Ram, Krishna, Gayatri Mantra and Om Mani Padme Hum. Also includes “What She Has to Give.” Hip production, mellow grooves and a trippy acoustic band set the stage for Wah!’s sweet, silky voice….
- Contents: 1 CD / 1 hour 5 min
1. Bolo Ram
2. Shree Krishna
3. Om Mani Padme Hum
4. What She Has to Give
5. Shyam Bolo Jai
Australian Yoga Life/Brisbane, Australia
Wah! just might be a devi. She sings with the voice of a goddess. Jai Jai Jai reflects the deep devotion and reverence of a seasoned bhakta. The musical arrangements are contemporary and juicy.
Backroads Music/Corte Madera, CA
Western musical styles and Eastern spirituality come together seamlessly on Wah!’s Jai Jai Jai, an intoxicating album of chants themed after love, wisdom and praise. The serene sounds of light harmonium, pennywhistle, violin, percussion and guitar comprise the flowing backdrops on which Wah!’s call-and-response style Sanskrit mantras float airily, like whispers on the wind. Shri Krishna, which slowly builds in intensity as the song progresses, is a great example of joyous, uplifting chanting that has universal appeal. Another highlight is Om Mani Padme Hum – a beautiful song whose use of whistle, guitar and Wah!’s ethereal vocals almost make it sound Celtic. This is a great addition to Wah!’s collection of albums of devotional chant. Her soulful sound now may be heard on six different CDs.
Ellis Widner/The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Wah! has an alluring voice that soothes, implores and invites listeners to celebrate the sacred through chant. Her mix of vocal passion and elegance, subtle grooves and accessible song structure pulls a listener into her realm. Wah!
has found a fertile ground between Western music and Eastern spirituality.
Adam Skolnick/LA Yoga Magazine
Wah!’s intelligent song structure and funky bass grooves support an ethereal and elegant vocal which carves through extended chants while shifting ambience, mood and tempo smoothly. Throughout the disc are inflections from Africa, India, and American pop. My favorite track is Durge – I love the traditional melodic line of this mantra praising the goddess, and Wah! begins with it before whirling into a celebratory anthem that uses the call and response structure of kirtan to braid choral harmonies into a large, colorful and infectious tune. This one’s a jewel.
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