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In an attempt to take an artistic step forward, Wah! has decided to fancy up traditional East Indian kirtans by adding Western rhythms and instrumentation. She even includes a "Dub Version" of "Govinda Gopala" as the closing track. Unfortunately, the simplicity heard on her previous release, Meditation Series: Chanting, was the alluring part, so what she has achieved on CD Krishna is less than remarkable, comparatively speaking. As part and parcel of creating new melodies, she must also force the "lyrical" phrases into patterns they aren't meant to fit. To do so, she cheats a little here and there on the pronunciations. Lord Krishna is forgiving, no doubt, but it just doesn't seem right. The musical result of all this tweaking wouldn't sound out of place squeaking through the sound system of a new age resort. It just won't really be that pleasing to real kirtan fans. On the brighter side, her voice is as lovely as ever and her devotion is apparent. It's also nice to have an entire collection of chants dedicated to one deity, rather than trying to cover them all (and there are many).


Formed: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: New Age

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Having practiced hatha yoga and meditation since she was a teenager, graduating from Oberlin College with a degree in Performing Arts was just another step toward becoming the singer/dancer/spiritual seeker known as Wah!. She took time post-university to travel to Ghana and Nigeria as a member of the Arthur Hall Dance Ensemble and live in an African shaman temple. Returning stateside, she spent a number of years composing and performing, most notably for the Angela Caponigro Dance Ensemble in New...
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