Aug
30

This edition of the podcast is a rich Fresh Tracks set, and as it worked out several of the artists featured in the set will be playing at Omega Fall Ecstatic Chant this weekend, so I’m happy to give them a shout-out! We start with the Hanumen’s ‘Invocation’, the Chaitany […]

Jul
27

This week’s set is based on one released in 2013 that is by far the most downloaded of our podcasts over at Soundcloud — it also came from a desire I had to create a setlist that affirms power & prosperity. The chants in the set are from the incredibly rich Kundalini […]

Jun
15

I’m still glowing from the beautiful experience of seeing Deva Premal & Miten with Manose in Portland last week. Several members of our satsang were there, including the two friends who won the tickets in the giveaway. We were admitted to the hall early to hear their sound […]

Jun
05

Our set this week is based on one our satsang group loved several weeks ago. The selections are from a group of chants called Shanti Mantras or Peace Mantras, the Hindu prayers for Peace (Shanti) found in the Upanishads. The chants this week are only a few of them, and they’re […]

May
26

In this week’s episode I’ll tell you all about my current obsessions — physical therapy & narrating the beautiful book ‘Sid’ by Zen master Anita Feng. I’ll also let you know about my big idea of featuring stories of local kirtan communitie […]

Apr
13

This week’s set is to honor the Divine Mother, the force behind the new life bursting forth all around us as Earth returns to the light. I can also feel this force re-awakening in me as I recover from spinal surgery — it’s as though my body is coming back to lif […]

Mar
17

About two months ago I stepped away from the podcast for surgery to remove a tumor from my spine. I’m happy to be back with the best possible news — the tumor was benign and I didn’t lose any nerve function. In the introduction to this edition of the podcast I&# […]

Jan
20
Posted by Kitzie

In the essay “Be the Bison” from Gopi Kallayil’s wonderful book “From the Internet to the Inner-net’ he writes that “when the swift & brutal winter storms strike in the valleys & mountains of Montana, the wind starts howling & heavy snow covers the grou […]

Nov
21

It took me a while to get to a place where felt I could do this podcast. Two weeks ago many of us thought we would be electing the first woman president and … we didn’t. That was bad, but would have been bearable except for the large uptick of cruel remarks and racial inciden […]

Nov
03

I don’t know about you but at this point in our election I feel like I need a psychic shower. The toxicity is stressing us out, and there’s nowhere to escape the election because everyone is talking about it. This week’s podcast will help you to accomplish both the psychic […]

Oct
25

I so totally love Miten’s new CD ‘Temple at Midnight’ — we sang several of the chants this year at Fall Omega Ecstatic Chant, and I’ve had the CD on repeat prior to this week’s interview. It was hard to pick a favorite song, so I’m glad I was able to feature a g […]

Sep
30

This week I’m back from a wonderful vacation on the East coast where I was blessed to attend the first Lovelight Yoga & Arts Festival in Darlington, MD and Omega Fall Ecstatic Chant in Rhinebeck, NY. The events were very different, and I loved them both — I&#8217 […]

Sep
04

In the last podcast I shared that I was suffering through another back spasm, and since then many of you have written about back spasms with your stories and suggestions. Thank you for taking the time to share these with me — so many people suffer from this ailment. I thought I […]

Aug
22

This episode is a Fresh Tracks set, but it should be called The Return of the Back Spasm … Ugh. Although it’s been going on for several weeks the spasm hasn’t been as bad this time and I learned a few things from the last one — I’ll tell you about th […]

Jul
22

This week’s podcast is an interview with Wynne Paris, director & producer of the Lovelight Yoga & Arts Festival, held in Darlington, Maryland August 26-28. There’s lots going on, and the kirtan lineup is stellar, starting with Krishna Das and Trevor Hall. The venue […]

Jul
08

When I was looking over the results of the recent New World Kirtan listener survey I noticed lots of interest in local kirtan, and several of you expressed an interest in starting a band in your community. This week’s podcast will help you get started. Here’s a link to a […]

Jun
23

This podcast is the third and last of the series about where Western kirtan is headed, and features the second part of my conversation with Jai Uttal & Ben Leinbach that began in Part 2. We’ll also talk with Nina Rao, and she’ll tell us her view of the current kirtan […]

Jun
18

The next two podcasts will be released back to back, and they continue the conversation about where Western kirtan is headed. Creative artists today are facing unprecedented challenges, and our kirtan musicians are being deprived of income because of the growth of streaming. How […]

Jun
05

There’s nothing better than a good blast of Bhakti love, and the Hanuman Festival next weekend would be the perfect place to get you some. It’s happening June 9-12 in Boulder, CO and in this week’s show we talk to David Newman who is headlining. It’s always a pleasure to […]

May
26

I don’t repeat podcasts very often, but the Fresh Tracks shows are an exception. Fresh Tracks are podcasts with all new chants, and sometimes I bring them back because so often they deserve another listen. This week’s show posted about a year ago, and it has some of m […]

May
15

This week’s show begins a series of interviews on where Western kirtan is headed. The topic is serendipitous, and came about because of a conversation I had several months ago with Dave Stringer & Madi Das — I was interviewing them because their CD ‘Bhakti Without […]

May
03

This week’s New World Kirtan Podcast explores the deeper meaning of the Gayatri Mantra, one of the oldest & most powerful mantras in existence. Here’s a simple translation: “O Divine Mother, our hearts are filled with darkness. Please make this darkness distant […]

Apr
17
Posted by Russil Paul

It is wonderful to see devotional chanting and mantra practice develop into this huge wave here in America and worldwide. And it feels especially rewarding to be among those who helped create this wave. Here is that story …
In late eighties, the west was just beginning to blend […]

Apr
14

Last week I found myself waiting for the results of a biopsy. If you’ve been in a similar position you can probably relate — the compulsive checking for THE CALL, waking up at 3AM with mind racing. It was a great lesson to show how much work I have to do to control wh […]

Apr
11
Posted by Crystal Freeman

Article originally appeared on Power Press Podcast on March 22, 2016.
2 Fierce Female Podcasters You Should Be Following
Forget the image of podcasting as an old boy’s club: the visibility of women in the community seems to be on the rise – and many of u […]

Mar
23

I met Reb Drew, the Kirtan Rabbi, several years ago. Chanting in Hebrew was a new experience for me, but to my surprise it took me to the same place chanting in Sanskrit did. Rabbi Hahn travels extensively to bring Hebrew Kirtan, Jewish meditation and Torah learning to Jewish ins […]

Mar
10

30 Fresh Tracks sets — that’s some kind of milestone! I love introducing new artists and new offerings from our favorite artists so these sets are special to me — #30 is no exception. The CDs featured in this show had so many great tracks it was really hard to m […]

Feb
11

It’s a pretty special night at the Grammys when members of our kirtan family are nominated! In this edition of the New World Kirtan Podcast artist Madi Das & producer Dave Stringer talk about the vision behind their CD ‘Bhakti Without Borders‘ nominated for […]

Feb
04
Posted by Kitzie

About a year ago I was in terrible pain from a back spasm that ultimately became a spiritual journey. I did some of the hardest & deepest work of my life during that back spasm, and many of the chants from this week’s set were on repeat in my playlist this time last ye […]

Jan
05

This week’s set is based on one we sang with our Kirtan/Meditation Group at Winter Solstice. It’s many variations on the chant “Om Asatoma Sad Gamaya Tamasoma Jyotir Gamaya Mrityor Ma Amritam Gamaya Om Shanti Shanti Shanti.”
This means “Lead me from […]

Dec
22
Posted by Kitzie

Winter Solstice is always special to me because it marks the anniversary of the launch of the New World Kirtan Podcast. It hardly seems possible that it has been seven years, and that many of you have been with me since the beginning of this journey. The podcast is produced for y […]

Dec
10

One beautiful day last month my son Jesse & I drove up from San Rafael to Ben Leinbach’s studio where Jai Uttal was just beginning work on his next CD. The four of us had such a fun conversation about all kinds of things — what Jai was for Halloween, letting chil […]

Nov
25

Our show this week features an interview with Vijay Krsna of the Kirtaniyas. Vijay is a rising star in the kirtan movement, and I loved his stories of ashrams, Krishna & Vrindavan. Here’s a link to the chant “In Vrindavan” he talks about on the podcast. And […]

Oct
28
Posted by Kitzie

The last few months I’ve been going to the gym a lot — that back spasm last winter scared the beejeezus out of me, so working out has become a priority. But now autumn is coming on and lethargy is setting in. I mostly listen to other people’s podcasts at the gym […]

Oct
15

In our last podcast I told you about beginning a Community Kirtan here in Corvallis. Our first was on a Friday night two weeks ago — that afternoon yet another mass shooting occurred about 100 miles south of us at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg. In this week’s s […]

Oct
01

This Friday we’re giving something a shot here in Corvallis — something I learned from Chantlanta & have always wanted to try. We’re asking members of our kirtan community who play instruments to bring them on Friday night — we’ll provide the chord […]

Sep
25

I’m back from vacation with a new Fresh Tracks set! This one features some different offerings — an Island-influenced Krishna chant from the Hanumen, an African chant from Shantala, the beautiful flow of Jahnavi Harrison’s voice, Sufi chanting with HuDost, dance grooves […]

Aug
30
Posted by Kitzie

Several weeks ago I had a really great chat with my sweet friend, Midwest kirtan wallah Ragani. We got to talking about an experience I just had leading kirtan with my band at a local church. I’ve suffered from stage fright most of my life, and to my horror it came up again […]

Aug
06

This week’s show is the next edition on our series on the deities with yoga mantrica Ian Boccio of Blue Spirit Wheel. I learned a lot about Lakshmi & Saraswati, and how they’re related to Ganesha — the three together form a trio that can be helpful in navig […]

Jul
21

Ahhh, Fresh Tracks sets — how I do love you. I’ve been listening to new kirtan CDs for weeks and as always I’m so impressed by the talent working in the Bhakti Yoga movement. When I was in Bermuda a dear member of their kirtan community introduced me to ‘K […]

Jul
03

Don’t know why, but every once in a while Krishna Das is the only artist I want on my playlist. I’m in one of those moods now, and thought I’d put a quick setlist of my current favorites together for your 4th of July enjoyment.
Our next show is an interview with […]

Jun
24

Lately I’ve been sort of obsessed with the Gayatri Mantra. According to Hindu mythology the Gayatri came into being at the very beginning of the Universe — it’s a prayer to the sun and invokes spiritual light. For thousands of years it was a closely guarded secret, so p […]

Jun
03

This is the second in our podcast series of Kirtan/Meditation Circles — the idea is you can customize these sets and use them for your own practice or as a kirtan/meditation circle with your friends. These chants are some of our favorites, and we sing them frequently in the […]

May
19
Posted by Kitzie

Have you ever been to Bermuda? I’m back from my first trip to this incredibly beautiful island, and in this week’s show I’ll tell you about my experience attending OM Fest — a weekend of deep loving connection.
The Bermuda kirtan community — what a b […]

Apr
29
Posted by Spring

Have you ever had a New Year start off on the wrong foot so much that you decided to start over in Feb? I did.
This year started with a big Bump…a car accident in fact which was followed by sickness. Fortunately  “All’s well that ends well.” How […]