Bhakti Without Borders – Madi Das
“One of the catchiest Kirtan albums you’re likely to hear. Immaculate production by Dave Stringer with some of the best musicians on the Kirtan scene.
” — ISKCON News
This album was nominated for a Grammy award in 2015.
Bhakti Without Borders blends melodies from the East Indian Bhakti tradition with the folk, bluegrass and country elements of traditional American and Irish music. The result is a sound that is both fresh and familiar. All profits from this record go towards education for girls in Vrindavan, India.
Madi Das sings a duet with a different female vocalist on each track. Featured artists include Chaytanya, Tulsi Devi, Sudevi Dasi, Acyuta Gopi, Gaurangi, Malika Des Fours, Carmella Gitanjali Baynie, Ananda-Amrita, Nalina Kaufman, Gaura Mani and Jahnavi Harrison.
Featured musicians include Dave Stringer on Guitar, Appalachian Dulcimer, Backing Vocals; Patrick Richey on Tabla, Cajon, Ghatam, Rebolo, Dumbek, Tavil, Giro and Shakers; Sheela Bringi on Harmonium and Bansuri; Shree Shyam on Bass; Matt Pszonak on Pedal Steel and Tulsi Devi on Violin.
All profits from this record go towards education for girls in Vrindavan, India.
Produced by Dave Stringer. Recorded, edited and mixed by Krishan. Mastered by Stefan Heger. All songs written and arranged by Madi Das and Dave Stringer.
Born in Germany to an American mother and Dutch father, Madi Das grew up in the Vaishnava tradition of Bhakti Yoga. At age seven he went to boarding school in India where he spent eight years learning kirtans and bhajans, becoming fluent in Hindi, and making lifelong friends. He subsequently lived in Ireland, where he was exposed to traditional Celtic music. Film school brought him to the USA, where he currently works as an entertainment executive in Hollywood. His life experience embodies a world of music traditions, and he is at home in both the devotional world of ashrams and the promotional world of film studios. Bhakti Without Borders is his debut album.