From the soaring French Horns and battle drums in Ajai Alai to the quiet lullaby which is called Maha Goddess Mantra, and from the sweeping sounds of the bagpipe in Mangala Saaj Bha-i-aa to the Afro Pop beat in Say Saraswati, Sat Purkh Kaur’s album Queen Be combines the musical traditions from as far as West Africa to the Scottish Highlands to contemporary American Jazz. Queen Be celebrates the Goddess within all of us; may she serve you as you continue to grow and serve your own identity.
Every track on Queen Be takes you on a journey around the world and back again. Influenced by music from many traditions, Sat Purkh Kaur composed this album to reflect the diversity of our global community of Kundalini Yoga practitioners and teachers.
Sat Purkh kaur says about her album Queen Be:
”As a Kundalini Yogi, I wanted to record some of these mantras for years, mainly because I wanted a sound that matched my own practice. I wanted an Ajai Alai that would energize me, that would match the courage and strength that I experience from Guru Gobind Singh. With a strong 6-beat rhythm, Ajai Alai opens lyrically and then carries you away on the drums of war. Meditate or practice Gatkaa with this track and awaken the spiritual warrior within!
The Kora and Calabash on Say Saraswati, along with the Afro Pop beat of the bass, sweep you away to the shores of Mother Africa. This has long been one of my favorite mantras—and with this version, we celebrate, together, the sweetness and the simplicity of the steady, primal beat of a woman’s heart.
Jai Ma! is a celebration of the Ma from four different traditions, culminating in our own Kundalini Bhakti Mantra: Adi Shakti. Remastered for release on this album, we’ve added cello to support the sound throughout, as well as new vocals to celebrate the creativity and healing of the sacred mother, which is found in the simplicity of the human voice!
A Note to Kundalini Yoga Teachers and Practitioners:
I’ve done my best to make these tracks both musical and functional within a Kundalini Yoga kriya. Three mantras are clearly for use in meditations: Sat Narayan Hari Narayan, Say Saraswati and Ajai Alai. The chanting in each is 11 minutes and the musical interludes in Ajai Alai and Say Saraswati are the length of one recitation, so you can continue chanting over the music. Jai Ma! is great for celestial communications as well as other shorter meditations (6 minutes) with the Kundalini Bhakti Mantra. The remaining songs are primarily for relaxation or individual practice of the shabad recitation meditations.”
- The Maha Goddess Mantra (6:20)
- Sat Narayan Hari Narayan (12:15)
- Say Saraswati (12:05)
- Longing: Mangala Saaj Bhai-aa (10:12)
- Fearlessness: Ajai Alai (11:50)
- Contentment: This Ghar Baiso (8:45)
- Jai Ma! Adi Shakti (10:15)