Felicia M. Tomasko: How did you end up
collaborating with GuruGanesha Singh
for this tour?
Tina Malia: We’ve known each other for
years. About a year ago, Snatam Kaur was
performing near my home in Northern
California (with GuruGanesha Singh)
I was invited to the sound check and
Snatam Kaur and I sang together. It was
so sweet that I was invited to sing for
the whole concert. Singing with Snatam
is one of my favorite things, and we’ve
only had the chance to do it a couple
Snatam has decided to pull back from
touring as much. But GuruGanesha
would be on the road 365 days a year if
he could and he wanted to perform sacred music with another female singer.
His daily morning prayer upon awakening is “Thy will be done,” and my face
kept appearing in his head. GuruGanesha
says the feminine voice is needed in the
world right now.
FMT: Speaking of the feminine voice,
you’ve aligned yourself with the International Council of the Thirteen Indigenous
TM: They are indigenous women from
countries around the world who are concerned with the preservation of tribal
ways and remaining close to the Earth.
We’ve had the opportunity to meet and
be in conference with some of these women and they are so full of wisdom that is
in danger of being lost.
FMT: How is your music related to the
values espoused by the grandmothers?
TM: The music for Song of the Soul
brings together songs from different cultures and languages such as Sanskrit, Hebrew, Gurmukhi, Spanish, and English.
In this, there is a reminder that it is all
the same: it’s all God, it’s all not God; it
is all love.
FMT: How did you and GuruGanesha
choose the musicians?
TM: We wanted to tour with a world-
class band. At the top of our list was
Hans Christian, who is a phenomenon—
he is one of the cofounders of Rasa, and
we worked together on my first album,
Shores of Avalon. Craig Kohland, from
Desert Dwellers and other bands, and I
have played together in Hawaii and I
knew I wanted to call on him for an
acoustic tour. Jared May is a young bass
player. When I saw him play at a party, I
auditioned and hired him before he fin-
ished his set—before we even met. Since
then, we’ve been inseparable. Krishan
Khalsa is here with us doing sound, so
we feel like a big happy family.
The Song of the Soul Tour with Tina Malia,
GuruGanesha Singh, Hans Christen,
Craig Kohland, and Jared May
Santa Barbara May 4
Los Angeles May 6
Encinitas May 7
San Diego May 8
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