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On today’s Heart Of Mind Radio, host Kathryn Davis talks with Mahesh Benyamin Bridges, Coordinator of the Amazing Holistic Health Conference; Leonard Burg, Soul Therapist and Holistic Educator, Revalyn a singer and Team Member of the NYC Amazing Holistic Health Expo.
In segment two we speak to and feature the work of Radha Botofasina
During a two-decade long association, Radha Botofasina recorded four devotional albums with the late Alice Coltrane, her spiritual and musical mentor. Alice Coltrane also gifted Radha with her first harp. She awakened an interest in Radha about the harp—the beauty of its harmonics and the freedom of its motion. Radha performs in many venues on harp, such as the Royce Hall at UCLA, The Ebell Club of the Wilshire Ebell Theatre to name a few.
Radha began her vocal studies while a student at Goddard College in Vermont with teacher Joyce Vos-Kadwell. She continued under the tutelage of Martin Lawrence in New York City, with whom she studied for five years. During that time, she also studied jazz piano with the noted player and composer Mary Lou Williams. Through her association with Alice Coltrane, Radha learned how to sing beyond what her “mind” allows and to go vocally where her heart takes her.
Radha is a multi-instrumentalist—on piano, organ, synthesizer, harp, guitar and voice (mezzo-soprano). She is also composes music and is a record producer.
She has recorded with: several members of the Cuban band Buena Vista Social Club, Roy Campbell Jr., Brian Auger, Ndugu Chancler, John and Jeff Clayton, Herman Jackson, John Barnes, Ernest Tibbs, Phil Upchurch, Alice Coltrane, Ravi Coltrane, Oran Coltrane, Michele Coltrane, Yusuf Rahman, John Lehman, Cecil McBee Jr., Muthu Kumar, Russell Smith, Dave Stringer, and more.
Radha’s site is RadHaHarp.com