You may recognize MC Yogi's name from his debut album ELEPHANT POWER, an album where raga and hip-hop entwined to create a unique, mesmerizing hybrid. PILGRIMAGE continues down that road, featuring another set of grooves that balance an urban edge with Indian spirituality. The beats are heavy, with banging hip-hop rhythms joined by swirls of Indian strings, a touch of reggae, the energy of Bollywood and multicultural tribal influences. It's a fascinating mix that easily makes you think of what might be playing in a trendy nightclub in Bombay. In "Hanuman," MC Yogi offers a modern rap of the story of the famous Monkey God and "Temple Light" mixes lyrics about the light inside with funky reggae beats. PILGRIMAGE offers music that is danceable, edgy and overwhelmingly positive - a create spiritual brew for the new millennium.
2) Ganesha (Sound the Horn)
3) Born To Fly
4) Temple Drums
6) Jai Sita Ram
7) Breath Control
9) Shiva (Supreme Soul)
10) Renegade Rickshaw
11) I Am That
12) Temple Light
13) Sacred Fire
14) Shedding Skin [Beloved Friend Edit]
16) Sun Light
18) Vanakam (Reprise)
19) Give Love
Pilgrimage CD by MC Yogi offers Yoga Music with the styles of world beat, hip-hop, Bollywood, reggae, dancehall, house, dub.
"I'm just a working class mystic," shrugs the enviably laid back MC Yogi, grinning a little as he adjusts his trademark fedora, kicks up his Adidas and cranks the volume on "Give Love,' an instantly addictive track off his stunning dance-floor grenade of a new record, Pilgrimage. You may have heard his 2008 debut, Elephant Power, a certified phenom that still hovers near the top of the world music charts. The album's extraordinary success earned Yogi invitations to play in clubs and yoga festivals all over the world.
But now the time has come for the next phase, and Pilgrimage is definitely it. The album?s influences are all over the musical map: world beat, hip-hop, Bollywood, reggae, dancehall, house, dub. Chaotic street sounds of India blast through the mixes, alongside madhouse beats, old-school turntable scratches and popping horns over which Yogi effortlessly drops his rhymes. It?s all so hook-laden and sun-blasted you can?t help bobbing your head and aching to find a dancefloor.
'Everything went into this record,' says Yogi. 'It's a sonic trip, a journey toward the Self, toward what the yoga masters call the Supreme Soul.'
Wait. Hip-hop and yoga' The Ramayana with a backbeat' Stories of Shiva and Shakti, Ganesh and Hanuman and the rest of the ancient Hindu gods, all funked up and slamming up against potent, propulsive graffiti beats custom built to drive eager listeners into a divine frenzy' Indeed. 'Pilgrimage is a full, authentic, cosmic yogic experience on the dance floor,' exclaims Yogi. The truth is, you've never heard anything like Pilgrimage.
You've never heard anyone like MC Yogi.
About the Author
MC YOGI (aka Nicholas Giacomini) grew up in Northern California, painting graffiti & listening to hip hop music.
He spent most of his high school years at a group home for at-risk boys where, inspired by artists like the Beastie Boys & Run DMC, he began writing and performing his own raps for friends at house parties. Hip hop culture provided both a soundtrack and a creative outlet during MC YOGI's turbulent teenage years.
At age 18, on a whim, he joined his father for a yoga and meditation intensive with a famous spiritual teacher from India. Deeply moved by this unexpectedly powerful experience, MC YOGI devoted most of his free time to learning everything he could about the ancient discipline. He spent the next two years studying the physical forms of yoga as well as meditation, philosophy, and devotional chanting.
It was at a yoga teacher training program in San Francisco that he met and fell in love with his wife, Amanda. Together they traveled to India and, upon their return, opened Yoga Toes studio in Point Reyes, California.
MC Yogi's dedication to yoga did not diminish his lifelong love of hip hop. Now, by combining Indian music and mythology with infectious hip hop beats, MC Yogi creates an exciting new sound for a new generation of modern mystics, urban yogis, and conscious hip hoppers.
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