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Chandra Lacombe "Song For Peace" out now!



“ “Song For Peace” seems to be born from an archetypal source, with an intrinsic beauty and strength that becomes unique and universal at the same time. Faced with the complex scenario in which humanity finds itself, where human paradigms have been called into question, where love and unity have been constantly threatened by hatred and and separation, “Song For Peace” rescues the ideal of Peace, the Peace that begins within each human being, and it expands and multiplies through our hearts. The message, accompanied by the Vedic Mantra “Om Asato Ma Sadgamaya”, encourages us in the search for Truth and Freedom, using Consciousness and Knowledge as instruments for liberating all Ignorance and Darkness that still dwell in our hearts.” - Chandra Lacombe

 



With a mission to bring spiritual teachings into music, Brazilian artist, Chandra Lacombe, weaves the wisdom of the Eastern Traditions together with the spirituality and mythology of the South American Medicine Path. Approaching music as an alive spirit, Chandra’s music touches the soul through the powerful healing frequency of the heart.

 

A prolific artist, recording and releasing music since the early 90s, Chandra has released over ten albums, including ‘Musica das Esferas´(1992), ’Terra à Vista’ (1994) and ‘Matutu’ (2000) with his band Udiyana Bandha. Several under his own name, including collaborations with Txai Fernando, Kailash Kokopelli, Maneesh de Moor, Satyadev Barman and Sigmund Vatvedt, and he has also released music with Brazilian master musician, Carioca, including the releases ‘Meeting in the Forest’, ‘Shanti Alegria’ and ’Celebration’, by now all classics in the worldwide spiritual community.

 

Chandra Lacombe is a complete musician that, first being a percussionist, has chosen the Kalimba, an African percussion instrument, as his main compositional instrument. Chandra developed a unique technique using all of his fingers to play the Kalimba, opening up a new world of possibilities for soloing and phrasing.

His most recent album ‘Jaya’, was released in 2022 on Nixi Music and now he returns to the label with the beautiful and timely ‘Song For Peace’.


 

‘Song For Peace’ draws from the Vedic mantra -


Om Asato Maa Sad-Gamaya

Tamaso Maa Jyotir-Gamaya

Mrytor-Maa Amrtam Gamaya

Om Shanti Shant Shanti

 

Meaning -

"Om, Lead us from Unreality (of Transitory Existence) to the Reality (of the Eternal Self), Lead us from the Darkness (of Ignorance) to the Light (of Spiritual Knowledge), Lead us from the Fear of Death to the Knowledge of Immortality. Om Peace, Peace, Peace."



 

“ ‘‘Song For Peace’’ came to me just after our arrival in Sweden, where me and my wife Surya were holding a workshop on healing and meditation. Just after our arrival in Sweden, it came through the news on the Russia and Ukraine conflict. This news somehow triggered something in me. A soft of anguish was arising in my heart. I spent some time just digesting the news, I realised we had reached that point in our journey towards spiritual awakening and still we need to come to a deeper understanding of what is our true mission on this earth as humans. Meaning we only can claim our true “humanity” if we are able to manifest the highest human value, which is our ability of living in perfect peace within and without ourselves…

  

The more I was deepening that reflection, the greater was growing this anguish within me. I was maybe also using it as a mirror for my own internal conflicts, knowing that it had brought the chance to check my own inner peace; how far I was really reaching true peace? That feeling that this war was just the beginning. I spent the rest of the day really trying to soothe this strange feeling within my heart. Our friend, Kumar, stepped into the room to bring something to us, and when he left he was whistling some melody, or some hymn… I couldn’t figure it out. But at that moment I grabbed my kalimba and I started softly to play and the melody was already there… And I realised "my goodness", this is something that is related to what I was feeling, let’s go deeper to see if I can download the lyrics by inspiration, also by internal work of transmutation somehow. Some of my songs take place in that way, when I am really meeting my own stuff within, when I am trying to somehow reflect deeply on my own inner contents and then giving birth to a new composition, if I may.

 

With that mirroring experience suddenly I was then bringing the lyric. I felt the urge to share the message. And still almost two years have passed and we had not so long ago another conflict, another war. And I came to a really deep understanding, this is my own kind of statement appealing to the people that are engaged in these conflicts. Therefore my intention is to plant some seeds of peace in the hearts of people through the message that the song conveys. 

 

All in all the occasion was bringing me to the question: How far I was developing that equanimity. As I've made clear in the lyrics it could be one of the potential medicines in the curing of war. By living in true equanimity, I shall become a peacemaker.

 

Another aspect that needs to be addressed, within the context of clarifying the various roots of war, is greed - mainly, the external conflicts like wars, they are based also on greed. It has a lot to do with what we can call “adharmic" (money) - money that is not in alignment with the virtuous style of life. Moreover, we should cultivate tools like meditation. It could be used as the training and education of the mind to realise that peace has always been inside of ourselves… To realise that the source of all that actually we need lies within. In fact we may feel fulfilled with this inner connection out of this deep realisation of what we truly are… And therefore achieve a state of true completeness. 

So peace ultimately is part of our inner reality. And meditation, as already mentioned, is a gradual process to realise it. Om tat sat. ”

 

Chandra Lacombe




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