Anahata Iradah

Touch of Spirit on the Body

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New Zealander Anahata Iradah (Pauline Moore) is a leader of the Dances of Universal Peace. These graceful, easy-to-learn group dances are usually done in a circle, with partners are changed regularly. This album features the music suitable for this sort of dance, with its soft, trancelike rhythms and comforting drones and lyrics by such spiritual masters as Rumi. The tunes are easy to absorb and you might find yourself humming or singing along -- maybe even twirling like a Sufi. Anahata does not have a wide vocal range, but her voice is very comforting, a winning combination of innocence, warmth, and sincerity. On a few tunes, she is joined by boy soprano Thomas Thompson; "Beatitudes" is especially endearing. Anahata plays all instruments -- 12-string guitar, 6-string guitar, harmonica, bass, keyboards, bass guitar, harmonium, tamboura, recorders, and tar frame drum. It is not a complicated nor a fancy album, but with this sort of music, it was never meant to be. Lesbian women will appreciate the sentiments of a few of her love songs. I fell in love with her speaking voice and Kiwi accent.

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