Manika Kaur: I Bow to You Waheguru

Kirtan for Causes: How one Sikh from Australia is promoting world peace through music.
Manika Kaur
I Bow to You Waheguru
United Sound

The ever-reverent, slow, balladic songs from I Bow to You Waheguru mixes the tonal world of Indian tabla music into a Western symphonic-pop mold. The result is then dosed with drum programming to make sure it is also ready for the dance club. Though it would benefit from more ensemble-inspired arrangements with more emphasis on the rhythm, Ms. Kaur’s voice works hard to lift the tunes up into the world between worlds with soulful performances.

All text comes from the Sikh Holy Book, Sri Guru Granth Sahib Ji, with lines such as “May joy and pleasure be yours / May your hopes be fulfilled / And may you never be troubled by worries.” Her praise is inspiring to listen to and fascinating to read about, and she gives the entirety of the material more depth by donating proceeds to Sikh children’s education initiatives in India, and building and rebuilding Sikh temples.

RATING 6 / 10