What a pleasure to review an album of a native Canadian, Nirinjan Kaur. How can a woman so young exude such experience? This album is traditional kundalini music as I know it. The style is reminiscent of GuruGanesha Singh and Snatam Kaur, with full band including electric guitar, bass and percussion. On the other hand it so steeped in tradition and convention it seems it would find its functional home at a Gurdwara during modern Sikh worship service. Nirinjan’s total immersion in the culture of Kundalini Yoga and Sikh faith are totally evident. The music almost seems to be a part of her, as though it always has been and always will be. The music is traditional, conventional and reverberates the time-honored wisdom that she has grown up with. Nirinjan’s album mirrors her skill and familiarity with Kundalini mantra. This is pure Kundalini music without outside influence.
Nirinjan boasts a strong voice with both width and depth, if that makes sense. It is full and strong, wide and deep.
My favorite song on the album is Heal Me. I am familiar with the mantra from Snatam Kaur’s children’s album, Feeling Good Today. The mantra exudes pure beauty with the lyrics “I am the light of my soul, I am beautiful, I am bountiful, I am bliss, I am I am.” It is a comforting, inspiring and uplifting song.
The Mantra that I most want to learn to chant on this album is Aap Sahaaee Hoaa. It sounds light and easy, not to mention fun to sing. This chant is timely too in this economic climate. Yogi Bhajan said that if it was chanted for 62 minutes, the best time between three and four AM, it can relieve unbearable financial pressure. I can’t see it doing anything less than lightening up one’s financial burdens.
Ultimately Nirinjan’s album reflects skill and experience that is quite remarkable for such a young woman. Congratulations on your fourth album Nirinjan.