"Snatam Kaur in Concert” these words boldfaced on a ticket I purchased in 2019. Due to the world’s appointed hour to slow down + direct soul–searching attention within, all concerts were postponed until a mysterious though auspicious date. Snatam, an American singer-songwriter, transmits peacefulness + unity through devotional music + mantras. However, this story would not be possible or complete without her incredible soulful music mates that found destiny with their audience in Amsterdam on Solstice, 21 June 2022.
It was my first time to attend. It shall not be my last! Here’s why:
Walking under the high sun toward @theater.amsterdam it was clear to me Snatam has a loyal following. Not merely an audience or ‘fanbase’ but a community, one I know little about. After finding row 9, seat 33, I experienced a rising swell of anticipation to witness the harmonic confluence + intuitive musicianship of @snatamkaurkhalsa, @sukhmanimusic, @ramdassmusic + @greccoburatto.
To the welcoming roar of an enthusiastic peoplehood, the band took their places on stage. Snatam’s petite frame folded into a triangle before her harmonium, Sukhani sat before her treasures + the beautiful bearded men flanked the elegant woman with their hearts, focused minds + talents.
I could attempt to write a thesis about the ineffable (nearly three-hour) sonic bath, yet simplify, thus: I felt so good that no one or thing could f**ck with the happy place I found within myself at a moment when my soul was crying for the medicine I received that night.
Thank you Snatam and band for coming to Amsterdam and inviting a community of individuals to step Into the Light on the longest day of the year!
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Tuaca Kelly chronicles experience in music and other human culture treasures.