A Deva's Soulful Expression.
Our conversation with Deva Mahal (pronounced Diva) is very telling of the profundity she beholds as a person, and her ability to peel back layers of herself just to bare her soulful reveries, is as if sacrificial. “My favourite thing about performing live is that mainline connection that you have. There’s a symbiosis that happens, its like this centrifugal thing. They give [audience] and you give. They’re going to get actual pieces of me live…” she muses about performing. The wealth of her voice and the richness of her sound is akin to a spiritual awakening, fuelled even more so by her stupefying beauty.
When she sings, it’s as though you are transported through an epochal period reminiscent of the bodacious voice of the acclaimed Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin (whom she paid tribute to along with her father Taj Mahal -a blues veteran- and the likes of CeeLo Green and Melissa Etheridge to name a few, back in 2017 at Carnegie Hall, New York City), teasing us with an immortal comeback.
That is true of Deva. Hearing her sing is something to behold - a sorcery of sounds that tease the senses, displaying a style of music that is euphonious of jazzy sounds, bluesy hues complimented with wells of ethereal emotions.
To find out more about Deva, check out our conversation with the songstress here.
Director: Duncan Lawford
Backing Vocals: Zoe Moon
Sound Recordist: Rhea Storr
Editor: Duncan Lawford