On The Essence, Deva Premal is backed by ambient grooves, subtle electronica and hand percussion, as her transcendent vocals induce ecstatic contemplation. The Gayatri Mantra, the world's oldest known mantra for purification and healing, is the centerpiece for this truly meditative album.
As Deva Premal’s first release, The Essence lit a musical fire whose white hot flame continues to burn. This Chant Music perennial top seller has sold over nearly one million copies worldwide.
released June 1, 1998
Deva Premal: vocals
Miten: vocals, guitar
RajRishi: drums, hand percussion, keyboards
Maneesh de Moor: piano, keyboards
Reiff Jnr: guitar on Sammasati
Produced and recorded by RajRishi with the Free Floating Mobile
Mixed by RajRishi and Jens Walther at Dublab Studios, Copenhagen, Denmark
Executive Producer: Miten