Thursday, August 18, 2016

Removing all Obstacles: MC Yogi and "Ganesh is Fresh"

Our random tune of today is entitled Ganesh is Fresh, by MC Yogi. MC Yogi is the avatar of Nicholas Giacomini, a Bay Area hip hop artist and yogi who promotes themes of Hindu religion and philosophy. Giacomini began rapping at 13 and, while living in home for at-risk children at age 17, he became a practitioner of yoga after his father took it up. His songs are often bhajans, or devotional songs, celebrating one or another of the Hindu deities. At other times, he provides interesting history lessons on the lives of important historical figures within Hinduism, such as Gandhi. Even when he is doing nothing but beatboxing, his songs can sound like mantras or prayers. Ganesh is Fresh can be found on MC Yogi's 2010 album Elephant Power. MC Yogi is joined on the song by Jai Uttal, an American musician and singer known in the yoga world for his hypnotic kirtans. He has released 19 solo albums.