No one leaves a Wah! concert with a heavy heart, shoulders hunched, or feet shuffling. — Anna Dubrovsky
Does your name have an exclamation point in it? Wah! does. Sure, I had heard of Wah!, but what’s up with the name? I found her name intriguing, so I did a little research and found that she received the name Wah! from a yoga master when she was 17 years old.
Wah! means bliss, and according to Wah!, she didn’t have much “bliss” when she was 17 years old.
An English parallel to the name Wah!, would be “Joy.” In an interview, Wah! elaborated on the meaning of her name: “The longer I have the name, the more I understand it. It wasn’t until later that I explored where the name comes from, what its history is. It exists in every language. Even in English, the word “Wow” is this sound.”
I attended my first WAH! Concert at Bhakti Yoga Shala, an intimate venue in Santa Monica that hosts a steady stream of Kirtan performers. Wow is the appropriate term to describe the experience of sitting in the front row, mesmerized, slipping into a hypnotic, then meditative state as WAH! shared her musical talents through Kirtan. [Read more…]