Kissmet is a band formed by UK born Sikh brothers, Bhupinder, Ronak and Praboo Singh. Together, they created a unique fusion of Eastern and Western music and have performed at international world music events all over the world.
They have now collaborated with other artists and friends (Gyani Ajit Singh, Kashmir Singh, Deedar Singh, Manveer Singh, Gurdev Singh, Brijindera Kaur, Karan Vir Kaur) to create this album of Shabads - songs and devotional prayers taken from the Sri Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy scriptures and the living Guru of Sikhism. Using a complete mix of traditional and modern influences, they have tried to create a universally accessible album by singing in the original Gurmukhi language with parts of English translation too. It is by no means comprehensive, but it aims to touch upon the surface of deeper matters.
Waheguru is a term most often used in Sikhism to refer to God, the Supreme Being or the creator of all. It means "Wonderful Teacher" in the Punjabi language, but in this case is used to refer to God. Sikhism has a strictly embodied tolerance of other faiths. Essentially, there is one God, known by many different names and honoured by different modes of worship and each of these is respected.
ALL PROCEEDS OF THIS ALBUM WILL BE DONATED TO VARIOUS SIKH AND INTERNATIONAL AID CHARITIES.
The Mool Mantar is the first composition of Guru Nanak in the Sikh holy book, the Adi Granth. It is a series of affirmations and is the basis of Sikh theology. The Adi Granth begins with the Mool Mantar and is the most widely known part of Sikh scripture.
This hymn, a composition by Guru Arjan Dev, is a shabad which promises compassion, forgiveness, mercy, and protection to the devotee who makes a supplication to the divine.
Mithr Piaarae Noo(n)
This Shabad is by the tenth master, Guru Gobind Singh, recited in the Machhivara forest when the Master was separated from everyone; though not absolutely everyone because the connection to the Lord always remains strong.
Thoo(n) Maeraa Pithaa
Nothing written for this yet.
This Shabad was written by Bhai Nand Lal, a poet famous in the Sikh tradition and favourite disciple of Guru Gobind Singh. His poetry, all in Persian, forms part of the approved Sikh canon and can be recited along with scriptural verse at Sikh religious divans.
Jaa Kaa Meet
Gyani Ajit Singh has been performing Shabads for many decades and this is the first time one of his performances has been recorded for an album. The perfect opportunity to bring together the traditional and the modern...
Na Hum Hindu
Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of the Sikh religion, wrote “I am not a Hindu, nor am I a Muslim” to emphasise the universality of humanity. He also sermonized that all faiths lead to the same God.
May my mind remain awake to experience the True Essence of Naam and Gurbani.
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www.kissmet.co.uk / www.facebook.com/kissmetband
Recorded and Mixed by Bhupinder, Ronak & Praboo Singh at Buzzin’ Records Studios, Peterborough, England in Winter 2013 - Spring 2014.
Music arranged by Ronak Singh. Mastered by Donal Whelan at Hafod Mastering.