By Ninder Kaur

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Manika Kaur

Multi-talented singer-songwriter Manika Kaur returns with her second album – I Bow to You Waheguru,

The album has taken on a more modern spin on Kirtan, Sikh devotional music.

The album features contributions from talented producer Talvin Singh, a pioneer in fusing the traditional tabla with modern electronic, ambient sounds. It also features Western and Indian classical performers including Rakesh Chaurasia on bansuri/flute, Jyotsna Srikanth’s  violin and Bernhard Schimpelsberger’s percussion.

With the release of her new album, Manika will be headlining the ‘Kirtan for Causes Benefit Concert’ on Saturday 22 August 2015 at Union Chapel, London where she will be joined by special guests.

Like with her album sales, all ticket sale proceeds will go towards educating impoverished children in Punjab through the ‘Kirtan for Causes’ Foundation.

 

‘Kirtan For Causes Benefit Concert’ is at: 
Union Chapel, Compton Terrace, Islington, N1 2UN
Date: 22nd August 2015
Time: 19.00pm
Tickets available here.

With over 9 million views on her YouTube channel, and receiving no formal training in music, Kaur had never considered a career in music, let alone see herself as an international vocalist and songwriter.


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Instead of a traditional musical education, Kaur’s natural talents were nurtured by a lifelong family connection to the complex and beautiful traditions of Sikh devotional music, Kirtan.

When I discovered Kirtan as a girl, it was a different feeling from any other music I had known,” reflects Kaur. “Kirtan brings a sense of peace. You’re singing the most beautiful love letters to God. It’s so deep and beautiful.”

Manika released her debut album Bandhana in 2009  where she received international praise and the proceeds from the album’s sales were donated to help fund the building of a new temple in her home city of Dubai.
In 2013, she released a video to a track Gur Ram Das Rakho Sarnaee which captured the world’s imagination. A moving tribute to Guru Ram Das Ji, the video tells the  life story of the Guru through the medium of shadow puppets and has over 4.5 million views on youtube. A reworked version of the immensely popular track has been developed for the new album.

I Bow To You Waheguru  is OUT NOW and available on iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.

Proceeds from the album sales will go to Manika’s ‘Kirtan for Causes’ Foundation, a charitable trust which this year will be supporting children’s education projects in Punjab. 

To find out more about Manika Kaur and her charity visit:

http://www.manikamusic.com

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