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Mondo.NYC 2021 Showcase Artist

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Baladeva Nitai

Minas Gerais, Brazil

Baladeva Nitai -- You The Others

"...it seems like groove rock, Magical Mystery Tour, to me, spiritual, love songs, swirling effects, groove, sometimes yoga like..." (Robert Singerman)

“Who am I?” That’s the first question that a human being has to ask when it starts to develop some consciousness. When we are born on this planet, in a certain culture, we gain a kind of lifestyle from the people and the environment around us. We grow up with so many conceptions and all this is expressed as our personality and in the way we relate to others -- with people, with other species of life, with nature and in the end with the entire universe that goes beyond our comprehension. In this journey of life it is always better not to fake ourselves with the intention to “please their illusion”, better not to pretend to please others. That is definitely not love and will never work for the goal of this life. If we have this gift of our free will, let’s choose the truth and make a good wish when we see a magical “falling star” in the sky. If we are different, and if there is diversity out there in a tolerable way, you can respect that. But if you feel that some people are bringing suffering to others, and you realize that you are “not like them,” you can be strong enough to fight for what is right, for justice, for the trust that it is still possible to survive in this world. It’s natural that you will find someone that can walk by your side and maybe get married if you wish. In the ancient Sanskrit language, desire for pleasure is called “kama,” and it’s fair that you fulfill your desire in a proper way, with balance and respect for others. Of course all this is difficult to learn in just one lifetime, and because we are in this world we are not perfect. The magic of consciousness and poetry is that “imperfect,” can become “inperfect.” We can look for the final answers and dive inside ourselves, and it is certain that this will reflect outside us. This is sharing life with others. It’s like a child who opens the window and sees beautiful tall trees and other families playing in a park, that place where the community meets, and she says: ‘It’s a beautiful view that refreshes my mind when I am sad.” We are all connected. It’s not about “you and I,” nor “me and the others,” nor even “you and the others.” It's a direct connection: “YOU THE OTHERS.” In this concrete gross life we have to transcend this first immediate reality and bring the potency to learn about what is subtle. Music can make us go to infinite different places, and maybe in the end we can find someone with a “mouth of a deity,” so we can have a love kiss.

This album is to remember that this temporary life is not the only life for someone who believes to be a soul, eternal and immortal. It is to help us to live this life we have in the best way we can, so we can really answer the fundamental questions and find who we really are. I am “You The Others,” and you?