‘We Are’ by Ravi

Music

…from his latest album ‘Songs for the Golden Age‘.

Watch on YouTube

I first heard this song in a shamanic ceremony led by Darpan in 2000 and eventually discovered it was written and performed by the legendary all-women group Sweet Honey in the Rock. The song made such an impression that I have consistently shared it since then, to the point of often starting and ending a music event with it and offer the opportunity for people to sing the lyrics to each other.

The song is a beautiful opportunity to express gratitude for all the generations, especially the children, and particularly to do this through the medium of a song with deep words and a beautiful melody.

Needless to say, I have reached the point where the song has become my own, which is particularly heightened by the use of the kora (African harp) as the lead instrument in the recording, along with some excellent musicians and singers.

The video was made by Phil Smith and filmed on the legendary Tor, an ancient monument and one of the most well-known landmarks here in Glastonbury and in the UK. Finally, many thanks to Sudha for her presence in the video and on the recording.

Lyrics

For each child that’s born
a morning star rises
and sings to the universe
who we are.

We are our grandmothers’ prayers.
We are our grandfathers’ dreamings.
We are the breath of our ancestors.
We are the spirit of God.

We are
Mothers of courage
Fathers of time
Daughters of dust
Sons of great vision.

We are
Sisters of mercy
Brothers of love
Lovers of life and
the builders of nations.

We are
Seekers of truth
Keepers of faith
Makers of peace and
the wisdom of ages.

We are our grandmothers’ prayers.
We are our grandfathers’ dreamings.
We are the breath of our ancestors.
We are the spirit of God.

For each child that’s born
a morning star rises
and sings to the universe
who we are.

We are one.

 

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Read review of the album Songs for the Golden Age

RaviRavi took sannyas at Kalptaru, London in 1981. He lived at Medina where he recorded Satsang Music and in 1989 he became part of the band ‘Ah This’ (together with Miten) with which he toured Europe for a year. He lived for a while at the Amsterdam Centre and later moved to Munich and then to Tuscany near Osho Miasto. His first solo album ‘Kora Colours’ was released in 1991; he also collaborated on ‘No Goal But The Path’ and ‘Tribal gathering’ (with Prem Joshua and Chinmaya Dunster); ‘Heartbeat’ and ‘Tidal Wave’ (with Miten); ‘This Dewdrop World’ (with his sister Suvarna); ‘Soul in Wonder’ (with Deva Premal and Miten). koratone.com

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