Artist and activist Madame Gandhi returns with a new single inspired by global percussion “Crystals & Congas”.
“Crystals & Congas” is the first of a new batch of music coming from Madame Gandhi later this year.
Written by Gandhi, the captivatingly rhythmic song is an energetic rumination on the importance of staying conscious, healthy and empowered that centers his strength as a lifelong percussionist.
“‘Crystals & Congas’ came out of a music production workshop I was doing at the I/O Music Academy in Hollywood, California,” says Madame Gandhi. “I was working on a beat that incorporated live percussion and drums and I ended up really loving the triplet and the fast rhythm feel. I knew I wanted to expand on it and make it into a song, and that was a joy to partner with my friends Ebonie Smith and Amanda Warner (MNDR) to take her to the finish line.
The original filename of the beat was titled “Crystals & Congas”, so I wanted to honor that and shape the theme of the song around those healing modalities that have helped me tremendously during the pandemic: meditation, nature, music and personal healing. . The lyrics reflect lessons I’ve learned that allow me to walk as a kinder, more empathetic, and more peaceful person on the planet. My hope is that when my audience chants these lyrics, they will experience them as mantras that clear the mind, call for more love, and inspire more service.”
Madame Gandhi will bring “Crystals & Congas” to her dynamic and powerfully assertive live sets at Pridefest Oakland 2022 in Oakland, CA on September 11 and Durham Pride Celebration in Durham, NC on September 24. For more details and ticket information, please visit: Pridefest Oakland and Durham Pride.
Madame Gandhi was recently quoted by Wired Magazine UK as approaching her career with an “entrepreneurial mindset”, having “innovated in the use of data to inform some of her strategic choices as an artist. In short, she conducts its career like a startup”.
Following the release of her previous albums Voices (2016) and Visions (2019), Madame Gandhi spent time during the pandemic completing a master’s degree in music, science and technology at Stanford’s Center for Computer Research in Music & Acoustics, where she learned to build his own underwater microphones and began recording whales, dolphins and more to create electronic beats and sample his music.
Earlier this year, Gandhi traveled to Antarctica where she put her newfound skills to good use recording the sound of melting glaciers in a bid to build empathy around climate action and instill that inspiration and these sounds in his new music.
Madame Gandhi is an award-winning artist and activist known for her upbeat, hard-hitting electronic music and her positive message of gender liberation and personal power. She started producing music in 2015, after her story of running the London Marathon to fight menstrual stigma went viral around the world.
She was listed as Forbes 30 Under 30 in Music, and her 2020 TED Talk on Conscious Music Consumption has been viewed over a million times. His video for the track “Waiting For Me”, shot in Mumbai, India, won the Music Video Jury Award at the SXSW Film Festival in 2021, and his 100% Organically Sourced x Sound MANA natural sound pack won the New Wav at the 2021 Splicing Awards.
In June 2022, Gandhi completed a Masters in Music Science and Technology at Stanford University’s CCRMA, where she spent time in Antarctica sampling the sounds of melting glaciers to create empathy and a awareness around climate change.
Listen to the new single here: