Thursday, September 1, 2011

CD Review: Temple Bhajan Band's 'Bhakti Dance'

Bhakti Dance!

Independent Release

With the popularity of Krishna Das, MC Yogi, Mayapuris, and others, kirtan music has taken off in many different arenas and capacities. The Temple Bhajan Band is based in LA with band members from the Philippines, Tasmania, and the US. The typical kirtan repertoire is included here, but there is more to the harmonium/sitar/drum-structure usually attributed to these groups. In this case, Bhakti Dance! contains a cajon, which provides a bit of Latin accompaniment not often observed in kirtan music. The cello, bass, flute, sitar, tanpura, harmonium, djembe drum, guitar, and other instruments provide the instrumental foundation for the music. The Sanskrit songs are sometimes found on other recordings by different artists under different renditions; notably, "Hare Krishna" and "Loka Samasta." The Latin-tinged "Sri Krishna Caitanya" begins the journey. The folksy-country infused "Loka Samasta" is a pleasant ballad with Sanskrit and English vocals. Moreover, the song reflects a classic, Americana vein not usually found in kirtan music. Bhakti Dance! is a fun, spiritual, and expressive journey into the world of kirtan. ~ Matthew Forss

1 comment:

krishna said...

Hare Krishna Hare Krishna Krishna Krishna Hare Hare
Hare Rama Hare Rama Rama Rama Hare Hare