This double-disc album is a meeting of Kirtan (the repetitive singing of sanskrit mantra from the heart) with mystic poetry, the words of those who dance in a wild love affair with life itself, the divine beloved. Bhole Baba ki JAI! Maha Maya Ki JAI!
Dedication and Gratitude
to Babaji and the path of bhakti, for helping me to gradually find the courage to love who I am, even just a little bit, and perhaps unveil myself, even if only for brief moments, as naked. Just as those radical mystic poetesses, Akka Mahadevi and Lalleshwari danced sky-clad in the streets, offering their truth in song.
to the mystic poets Akka Mahadevi, Lalleshwari, and Hafiz, whose words have inspired these songs, may you accept this humble homage to the truth you shared.
to the authors who have made the words of these mystics come alive in English, and to Coleman Barks, Daniel Ladinsky and Lorin Roche for your kind permission to use your translations/versions in this project.
to Shiva Rea for first introducing me to Lalleshwari, and further gratitude to Uma for encouraging and supporting my exploration with the mystics, and my journey in finding the courage to share their words, integrated with the kirtan as an extension of my expression of bhakti.
to Jai Uttal for inspiring in me a daily practice of the Hanuman Chalisa, and to Uma and Vraj Gopi for insisting we sing it each time we meet.
to my jasmine sisters, Mercy, Gianna, Kylie and April for supporting me in my literal naked dance in the jasmine garden. To them, Vyana Ma, Peggy, Callie and the Yandara Bhakti Yin family for the joy you fed into All I Know is Love.
to Draupadi, Rita, Vandita and Lucidia for supporting me to fall weak at the feet of the Mother, and to Her for gifting me Jai Ma as I rose again.
to all the bhakti tribe that I have been blessed to share in kirtan together with over these last few years, particularly my magical musical friends, Michelle, Mark, Michael, Bex, Camilo, Uma and Russell, who have helped nurture these songs to blossom.
to my soul brothers and sisters for contributing your voices to this album.
to Turkantam for being such an inspiration to me as an offerer of Kirtan as a unique expression of one’s personal relationship with the divine, for your encouragement and support with this album, and all your musical additions that have helped bring these offerings alive.
to my own mother, for your support, and continued belief in me.
and to you, for buying this album. May we all, live naked and dance.
released July 29, 2017
Our Bhakti Family sharing on this album are:
Sivani Mata – lead vocals and harmonium (all tracks), medicine drum (track A6)
Turkantam – vocals (tracks A2, A3, A4, A5, B2, B3), conch (track A1), electric guitar (track A2, B3), shaker (track A2), dholak and cymtha (track A3), acoustic guitar (track A4), keyboard (track A4, B2), classical guitar (track A5), clapping hands (track B2), tambouro (track B3)
– Recorded live at Saraswati Studio, Orville, France.
Mercy Ananda Runk – vocals (track A2, A6, B4) – recorded by Shiva Das at their home studio, Yandara, Mexico
Michelle Crozier – vocals (track A4, A5, B2, B3) – recorded by Sean Bishop at YouStar Studios, Chelmsford, UK
Srikala Roach – vocals (track B4) – recorded at his home studio, USA
Camilo Tirado – vocals (track B3), tabla (track B4), mastering
Danielle Jones – vocals (track A5, A6, B2)
Heather Rolfe – vocals (track A4, B3)
Jay Kirton – vocals (track A5, B2)
Sandira Michael – vocals (track A5, A6, B2)
Uma Dinsmore Tuli – vocals (track A3, A4, B3)
– recorded at Camilo Tirado’s home studio, London, UK
Ocean Waves at Yandara, Mexico (track A2)
Thunder Storm in London (track A4)
Birds at Nature’s Retreat Centre, Avalon, and in the Heavens, Stroud (track B4)
– Field Recordings by Sivani Mata on her travels
All Kirtan are traditional mantras, melodies received by Sivani Mata directly from source, except Guru Stotram (track A1) and Sri Munindra Sukta (track B1) which are traditional melodies. All English lyrics are taken from poems written by the great mystics (see individual track information for details), except Sweet as Honey, written by Sivani Mata.
Artwork designed by, and drawings by Sivani Mata
The cover sleeve is FSC certified 100% card, printed with non-toxic inks and is 100% recyclable
© 2017 Sivani Mata Francis