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Producer: Krishna Das
Assistant Producer: John McDowell
Originally Released: 1998
African beats mix and mingle with finger cymbals, sarangi and khol; electronic programming; and, of course, Krishna Das' depth-charged Sanskrit namakirtan to create the signature pop-worldbeat sound of this ever-popular recording. Tracks include "Mountain Hare Krishna," with its lovely, searching melody and guest vocals by Sting; the haunting lyricism of the English-language "Mother Song;" and "Devi Puja," the cycle of prayers to the Goddess that KD often sings in his current kirtan and workshops. The album ends on a high note, with a short narrative of the Ramayana playfully set to ebullient township jive in "The Ring Song."