Music of Sikhs from Around the World

It is pretty cool seeing people from many different cultural backgrounds adopt the Sikh lifestyle. The interesting part of it is that each culture has it’s own flavor, music, style etc., which brings a unique new face to Sikhi. Also, many Sikhs who were originally from India/Punjab have settled around the world and the younger generation have adopted the culture of the country they live in. It is all fusing together.

One of the most common differences that we see (aside from language) is music. Some of you might have been to our Gurdwara or heard music played by Sikhs who are not from a Punjabi background. The music, tunes, instruments and sound is so different. Many people in our Gurdwara do Kirtan with a Guitar. Some play the violin or flute, keyboard or just about any instrument. We all bring out the love of Gurbani and Sikhi in different ways. For some one style might not be appealing or meditative…but for others it is, depending on your background.

There are so many different CD’s out these days by Sikhs from all over the world. Sikhs from South America (Chile, Argentina, Brazil), Mexico, Spain, Europe, Australia, etc. Each bringing a certain element of their own culture into the music.

Ok…now for a few music samples. Most of them are copyrighted music so I have not provided a download link.

Some of you might have already heard of “Khalsa Palay” which is a CD in a Reggae/Dub style. It’s definitely unique. Feel the vibrations, mon!

Khalsa Palay was born in Uganda of south Asian parentage and raised in Britain; he is a committed Sikh and on this, his debut release, he praises the ten Gurus of his religion, whilst upholding righteousness and sending out greetings to all humankind – as he says, “keep the vibes positive“. – Read more or get the CD

Musician: Khalsa Palay
Title:
We are the Khalsa
Download MP3

This track is definitely a new rendition of the song that the kids sing “We are the Khalsa, the mighty mighty Khalsa….”

Ok now that you have heard the Reggae vibes…how about some blues? Check out this track by Awtar Singh who is the father of Lakhmi Chand and Siri Chand Singh. He made a whole CD of inspirational music that he sings in the “blues”. Come one now…..shout “Wahe Guru”! Sing along… :)

By: Awtar Singh
Title: “Every Time I think of God I Just Want to Shout Waheguru”

Ok…now for some Spanish music style. This track is by Matamandir Singh and his music definitely has a feel of Spain with the different instruments and tunes he plays.

By: Matamandir Singh
Title: Mulmantra

Here is a track by Snatam Kaur that has a native Indian (American Indian) flavor to it. Is very meditative and soothing to listen to.

By: Snatam Kaur
Title: Waheguru

You can purchase this CD here

I think that is enough for one night. I think you sort of get the picture right? As Guru Gobind Singh declared that Khalsa will be 960,000,000. I guess with that comes all the different cultures and music of the people of the world. It’s important for us to be open and accepting to Sikhs from different cultures even though some things might feel/sound different than you are used to. Everyone’s journey on the path of Sikhi is different….and you can’t always compare your experiences with those of someone else’s. It’s a wonderful journey isn’t it!?

9 Responses to “Music of Sikhs from Around the World”

  1. Anonymous says:

    Waheguruji Ka Khalsa Waheguruji Ki Fateh

    I think its great to see people around the world becoming sikhs or khalsa sikhs. Its really inspiring, but i think its so so important that we do not mix culture into sikhi, just take a look at punjabi culture and how people think it is as core part of sikhism. Adopting sikhi is great not directly or indirectly changing it.

    Please forgive and harsh words.

    Gurfatehji

  2. Waheguru.

    Khalsa Palay good job

  3. Anonymous says:

    bir ji

    in my opinion we must adopt to a punjabi culuture beacause its the backbone of sikhism

  4. Anonymous says:

    This is just awesome. Sikhi is finally touching different cultures. I firmly believe that as people of diverse cultures become sikhs there will be a greater awareness of where sikhi begins and culture ends. Today sikhi is so closely associated with punjabi culture that people do not know where sikhi ends and punjabi culture begin.

  5. Anonymous says:

    SSA, Thanks for posting a lot of Audios on the website, But I have a request if you can post audio a of time limit atleast 12 minutes long , as I read in previous posts that 12 minutes is the minimum time required to go into state of complete meditation as per Dr Dharam Singh Khalsa. This length does provide a continuity of simran. Personally I would love it to be atleast 30-40 minutes but for now 12 minutes minimum would be ok. Do you agree? I also do beleive that if a person reaches a higher state of meditation he can be in that state within few minutes or can always be in that state 24/7. But for now most of us find it hard to reach that Level. Thanks again.

  6. i posted something similar on my blog

  7. Anonymous says:

    hey virji..

    i personally dont agree wit wat is sung… its not the music which is important here. its da gurbani.. how can we think of WAHEGURU or medidate with this tracks.. few years down the road, wil this become our culture? will we turn like the christian who’s bible has been change n their original teaching has been altred. juz my 2 cent

  8. Prabhu Singh says:

    “how can we think of WAHEGURU or medidate with this tracks”
    I think the important question is how can you personally think of WaheGuru. It’s obvious that the people who created these tracks were thinking of WaheGuru when they made them. If it wasn’t the divine meditative inspiration that led them to create these tracks I’m sure they wouldn’t have done it. Just because we can’t understand somebody else’s way of doing things doesn’t mean that nobody else can.
    As far as Punjabi culture being the backbone of Sikhism. I couldn’t imagine anything being farther from the truth. Guru Nanak stood in sharp contrast to a vast amount of Punjabi culture. For all the good things that Punjabi culture offers, there are also a number of negative cultural influences that simply don’t fit in a Sikh’s life. Just to make the point I will list the negative aspects of Punjabi culture that don’t have a place in Sikhi and are far from being part of the backbone: The caste system, widow burning, sexism, and recently: femail foetocide, drug abuse, racism, cheating, political maneuvering.
    We have to face the reality, culture influecing Sikhs is not a new thing, it’s been going on forever. First one has to decide where culture ends and Sikhi begins to even determine what they truly wish to follow.

  9. Anonymous says:

    Hi,
    My name is paramjeet deol from the UK, was wondering where i can get a complete version of the “Waheguru” meditation from snatam kaur? can’t seem to find it

    thanks